She had, he explained, a pneumothorax — literally, air in the chest. It happens when there’s a tiny rupture in the lung. The air rushes out into the surrounding space, and the empty lung collapses. She was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital the next day. A tiny catheter was inserted between her ribs into the space around the lung. The air was sucked out, allowing her lung to re-expand.
But why had she gotten this leak in the first place? She didn’t smoke, which is the most common risk factor for developing a pneumothorax. None of the tests indicated any type of lung disease, another significant risk factor. And though there are a number of inherited diseases that can predispose a person to developing a pneumothorax, no one in her family had any of them. After four days and no answers, her doctor concluded that she’d had a spontaneous pneumothorax. These are rare but are more likely to be seen in tall, thin, athletic individuals — like her — and don’t usually happen more than once.
Would it shock you to know MALEs could also suffer from endometriosis THINK male endometriosis is more commen than is known especially lung involmeant.