Pneumothorax - Treatment

Simple pneumothorax usually gets better on its own, but more complex cases require medical treatment. The object of the treatment is to remove air from the chest or pleural cavity. When the air is gone, the lung can expand to its normal size.

Removal of air is done by inserting a needle into the chest wall. Air is removed through the needle and not allowed to get back in. The lung returns to its normal size on its own within a few days. A person who experiences pneumothorax more than once may require surgery.

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