Pneumothorax - Prognosis

Most people recover fully from spontaneous pneumothorax. About half of these people experience spontaneous pneumothorax a second time. Recovery from a collapsed lung generally takes one to two weeks. The prognosis for tension pneumothorax is not as good. In this condition, the patient's heart may fail, causing death in a short period of time. Tension pneumothorax must be treated as a medical emergency.

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