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pneumothorax - re-occurance after Pleurectomy

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  • Posted By: Saundies
  • October 28, 2009
  • 04:32 PM

Hi,

I'm a 21 year old male, tall, non smoker, previously fit/sporty untill problem began.

Over the summer my right lung collapsed several times - the first after playing rugby, the 2nd/3rd spontaniously at work. After the 3rd collapse I had a lung pleurectomy which my doctor in hospital told me would make it impossible for my lung to collapse again.

Around 5 weeks after my surgery, having rested solidly as advised, my right lung collapsed again whilst taking a short walk.

As my doctor is on holiday I am now worried about what can be done as I've had the surgery and it didnt work. I'm also worried about if or when my lung is going to collapse again.

Obviously being 1 in 20 to get multiple pneumothorax's and then 1-4 in 100 for the surgery to not work is worrying. Also, having your lung collapse isn't and enjoyable experience especially when you struggle to get to hospital.

What else can be done to stop my lung collapsing?

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  • Hi,I'm a 21 year old male, tall, non smoker, previously fit/sporty untill problem began.Over the summer my right lung collapsed several times - the first after playing rugby, the 2nd/3rd spontaniously at work. After the 3rd collapse I had a lung pleurectomy which my doctor in hospital told me would make it impossible for my lung to collapse again.Around 5 weeks after my surgery, having rested solidly as advised, my right lung collapsed again whilst taking a short walk. As my doctor is on holiday I am now worried about what can be done as I've had the surgery and it didnt work. I'm also worried about if or when my lung is going to collapse again.Obviously being 1 in 20 to get multiple pneumothorax's and then 1-4 in 100 for the surgery to not work is worrying. Also, having your lung collapse isn't and enjoyable experience especially when you struggle to get to hospital.What else can be done to stop my lung collapsing?I am really sorry to hear about this. When I was in my teens, I had a similar set of experiences. It was terribly stressful and I will never really 100% get past the trauma in some ways (had tension pneumo thorax that effected my heart a bit as well). In any event, one of my two main surgeries didn't work quite as well as it could have (had additional collapsed lung while still in the hospital after the surgery). Using the chest tube, they dumped in a second phase of quite a lot of tetracycline. It was crazy painful but it seemed to do the trick as a fully up to the surgery but I recommend a seditive (something I didn't have). Anyway, what do I know. I am definitely not a doctor. Main point I want to make is that I feel for you and wish you only good things and a positive outcome to all of this. Best wishes.
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