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Posted by Shari Bond on August 09, 2000 at 01:52:13:

In Reply to: Re: Penumo Thorax (collapsed lung) posted by Brenda on March 30, 2000 at 15:06:07:

: : My son has had two spontaneous collapsed lungs in 6 months. He is 20 , tall, thin and fit. It is likely he will have a 3rd and maybe more. Each pneomo thorax is very painfull and a drain ahs to be inserted into his chest cavity. Because of all of this, he is hospital for about 6-7 days and the recuperation process is about 2 weeks.

: : I am sure there are other young people out there who have suffered a pneumo thorax and if so, please put a message on the baord or e-mail me and advise me on what to do to avoid him having a 3rd or even re-assure me that he is not alone.

: : Thank you

: Hi,
: Just wanted to let you know I was 29 when I had my first pneumo and just recently at the age of 33 had my second one. I just got home from the hospital after having surgery (called pleurodesis) to fix the problem. I had little things called blebs on my lung they are like little blisters and they kept breaking. they are a congenital defect. I am tall, thin, and female. Anywyas, I am recuperating from the surgery now and believe me it wasnt fun but I will never have to worry again about it collapsing. Have it done if possible.
: E.mail me if you wish or if you have any further questions.
: Brenda Daubner, LPN

My 17 year old stepson was just in the hospital with 25% of his lung collapsed. They assured us that this is very
common, yet we haven't heard of anyone else with this. He is tall and thin. They say they don't know what
caused it and it could happen again. We had no idea how long he would be in and he was there 7 days!
He comes from a large family with many other tall thin young men and none of them have had this to
my knowlege, so for it being congenital, I don't know. We are just hoping it doesn't happen again so we
won't have to put him through surgery. He spent his 17th b-day in the hospital. What a drag! They also
told us there is really nothing you can do to prevent it.


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