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What are possible complications of pneumothorax?

Complications for pneumothorax vary by type. For secondary (occurring in people who already have lung disease) and traumatic (caused by a chest injury) pneumothorax, the likelihood of another occurrence is 50 percent within three years of the first. Another complication for this same group is a recurring air leak, which may require surgery to repair.

For tension pneumothorax, the most dangerous and potentially fatal type, complications include shock, cardiac arrest, low blood oxygen, and respiratory failure.

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