Common Pneumothorax exam questions for medical finals, OSCEs and MRCP PACES
When can patients fly in aircraft after a pneumothorax?
- Only following complete resolution of a pneumothorax
What about diving post pneumothorax?
- Diving should be permanently avoided unless the patient has undergone bilateral surgical pleurectomy and has normal lung function and CT chest scan postoperatively.
What is catamenial pneumothorax?
- Pneumothorax in women at the time of menstruation, often due to endometriosis
- 90% in right lung
- Treatment involves surgical and hormone therapy