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Does your lung recollapse after a traumatic pneumothorax?
About a few months ago I was in a car accident and a traumatic pneumothorax was brought onto me. I was wondering if my lung might re collapse at some point in my life. I should point out that I smoke a little bit. I was told that since I had a traumatic pnemothorax that it wouldn't re collapse. Is this true?
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Of course the lun(s) can collapse again, but that isn't your question.

You want to know if the fact your lung collapsed once will increase the chances of this happening again.

I don't know the circumstances of the first "lung collapse". You state it was "traumatic"

There is a condition known as "spontaneous pneomothorox" in which the lung collapses suddenly for no apparent reason.

There seems to be evidence in the literature that a single instance will increase the probability of this happening a second time.

There are always exceptions, but I would sleep well and contentedly.
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