Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists in Michigan

Pneumothorax Doctor in Michigan

Pneumothorax Doctor in Oakland County and Wayne County Michigan

What is Pneumothorax?

Pneumothorax is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when air leaks into the pleural space, causing the lung to collapse. This condition can affect individuals of all ages, from newborns to older adults.

How is pneumothorax diagnosed?

A definitive diagnosis of pneumothorax is typically made through a combination of physical examination, chest X-ray, and measurement of arterial blood gases. During the physical exam, doctors may listen for decreased breath sounds on the affected side, which can be indicative of lung collapse. Chest X-rays are crucial in confirming the diagnosis and determining the extent of the air leak.

Dr. Asker Asmi, MD is a certified pulmonologist, and sleep disorders doctor in Michigan

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Dr. Asmi is a Pulmonologist and sleep specialist based in Michigan that specializes in advanced COPD. He follows a multidisciplinary treatment plan that includes nutrition, medicine, lifestyle changes, damage prevention and active treatment with close follow up. Doctor Asmi’s expertise include Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Asmi is also affiliated with Beaumont Hospital and runs a private practice in Riverview, MI.

What are the symptoms of pneumothorax?

Common symptoms of pneumothorax include sudden shortness of breath, chest pain (often described as sharp or stabbing), coughing, and anxiety. In severe cases, there may be rapid heartbeat, sweating, and bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis). These symptoms can worsen rapidly if the air leak is not addressed promptly.

What is Pneumothorax?

There are two primary causes of pneumothorax – spontaneous and secondary. Spontaneous pneumothorax occurs when there is no apparent cause, often due to small bubbles (blebs) that form on the lungs' surfaces and burst, releasing air into the pleural space. Secondary pneumothorax is caused by an underlying lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or cystic fibrosis.

What is Pneumothorax?

reatment for pneumothorax depends on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. Small leaks may be managed with oxygen therapy and close observation. Larger leaks or those causing significant lung collapse may require chest tube insertion to remove air from the pleural space and re-expand the lung. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged areas in the lungs.

What is Pneumothorax?

Preventive measures for pneumothorax include avoiding activities that can cause increased lung pressure, such as scuba diving or skydiving, and addressing underlying lung conditions effectively. Smokers are encouraged to quit and practice healthy lifestyle habits.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the prognosis for pneumothorax?

With proper treatment, most individuals with pneumothorax make a full recovery. However, recurrences are common in those with underlying lung conditions.

Can I fly with a history of pneumothorax?

Consult your doctor before flying after experiencing pneumothorax, as the changes in cabin pressure may increase the risk of another episode.

Is there a difference between left and right pneumothorax?

Yes, left-sided pneumothorax is more dangerous due to the heart's position on the left side and the potential for cardiac compression. However, symptoms may be less noticeable with right-sided pneumothorax due to the larger lung volume on that side.