Prevention

1. Contact sports are discouraged for 5-6 months following a pneumothorax.

2. Pulmonary function testing should not be performed for at least 6 months to prevent alveolar rupture if lesions have not completely healed.

VI. Problem Case Diagnosis. The 16-year-old patient has right-sided pneumothorax, confirmed by chest x-ray. The chest pain was preceded by a laughing episode and worsened with deep breaths. No history of trauma was noted.

VII. Teaching Pearl: Question. Does a pneumothorax more often occur at rest or with activity?

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