What are the classifications of pneumothorax recurrence?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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The following categories of pneumothorax recurrence likelihood should be assessed:

  • Unlikely to recur - Iatrogenic pneumothorax in normal lung
  • May recur, but patient will likely be clinically stable
  • May recur and the patient may be clinically unstable, but emergency care is readily accessible
  • Very likely to recur - Diffuse and progressive pulmonary pathology (eg, lymphangioleiomyomatosis [LAM])
  • Recurrence could be life-threatening - Poor cardiopulmonary reserve, limited access to emergency medical care

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