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What increases my risk for pneumothorax, a pleural cavity disorder?

Risks for pneumothorax (air in the pleural cavity which often leads to a collapsed lung) are increased by injuries and traumas to the chest, rib fractures, certain surgeries, and air leaking from the lung. Some lung conditions may cause air to escape from the lungs. Among these are emphysema, pneumonia, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, and asthma. Being on a ventilator also may increase risk for pneumothorax.

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