Respiratory Disorders

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE A PNEUMOTHORAX DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is a pneumothorax during pregnancy?

A pneumothorax (PTX) is a condition in which air (or other gas) enters the intrapleural space (also called the pleural space), a potential space between the membrane that covers the outside of the lungs and the membrane that covers the inside of the chest wall. Typically, the intrapleural space contains only a small amount of fluid that helps the membranes glide over one another, and the intrapleural pressure (the pressure in the intrapleural space) is a few mmHg lower than the atmospheric pressure outside the chest and in the lungs. This pressure difference enables the lungs to expand like balloons when you inhale, making the chest cavity larger. The expansion of the lungs, in turn, draws in air. In a PTX, the intrapleural pressure rises within one side of the chest cavity, due to a leak, either through the lung, or through the wall of the chest cavity (chest, side, or back).


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