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Risk of Pneumothorax during Surgery

02/22/2011

Question:

my husband is undergoing surgery for removal of lymph nodes under his arm pit. He also has been diagnosed with mild bibasilar atelectasis. Is there a risk of pneumothorax during surgery due to the BA condition?

Answer:

The risk of pneumothorax from surgery would not be increased by atelectasis.

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Response by:

John G Mastronarde, MD John G Mastronarde, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University