Re: spontaneous pnuemo-thorax
Yes, it's probable it will happen again.
I had 3 before I was hospitalised. The last one was 80% collapsed, I was tubed 3 times, then had a thoractomy. It did include the pleural abrasion (pleurodisis), plus the lung is basically stitched to the chest wall so that it won't collapse again.
Mine was caused by blebs on the (right side) chest wall. They were stitched as well and the only problems I've had was some air leakage into the area between....a tad painful but there's no way the lung can collapse. During the surgery...the doc noticed that the left lung had a few tiny blebs, but it never collapsed...so, I think I'm in the clear.
I had this all done in Sept 1975.
The only guarantee is to have the thoractomy. The pleurodesis isn't a guarantee either...there have been many cases where it has failed.
If your lung does collapse again...you'll have options available to you....more than just a tubing.
Contrary to your comment about info....there's TONS of info on spontaneous pheumothorax, thacoscopy, thoractomy, pleurodisis (chemical, manual)...etc.
Get really smart on the information in the event that it does happen again. Knowledge allows you to be proactive in your care.
Hopefully, others will be able to give you more input.
Your anxiety is understandable, especially since you've already gone through the dreaded tubing.
How old are you? I'm happy to hear you've quit smoking. What was the reason your doc gave you that your lung collapsed? Are you male or female? Which side collapsed? Are you tall and thin with a short body and long legs?
Do you have regular chest x-rays?
It's all a matter of perspective!
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