Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ruptured Lung Outlook

What to expect with pneumothorax:

  • The outcome depends on the underlying cause for pneumothorax.
  • Full recovery from a pneumothorax usually takes several days to a week.
  • Patients with COPD are at the highest risk for death due to pneumothorax.
  • The recurrence rate for pneumothorax is 20 to 50% for the five years following a pneumothorax.

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Last Updated: Jul 7, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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