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What are the symptoms of pneumothorax, a pleural cavity disorder?

Pneumothorax, a pleural cavity disorder, occurs when air or other gas gets into the pleural cavity. It often leads to a partial or completely collapsed lung. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, sharp pain when breathing, tightness in the chest, a quickened pulse rate, fatigue, and blue-toned skin from lack of oxygen. In severe cases, pneumothorax can lead to shock and cardiac arrest.

Sharp chest pain and shortness of breath are the main symptoms of a pneumothorax, or collapsed lung. Large pneumothorax can cause chest tightness, easy fatigue, rapid heart rate and bluish skin (cyanosis).

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