Procedures such as an aspiration of the lung or tube thoracostomy involves the removal of air that has developed within the chest wall or thoracic cavity. A tube is inserted into the chest via the use of a needle to collect and remove the air from the chest wall/thoracic cavity until the lungs are able to fully expand and until the tear heals hopefully within a few days. During this procedure it may be helpful if talc pleurodesis is performed. Talc pleurodesis is a procedure that consists of taking talc which is a substance of hydrated magnesium silicate that is injected onto the surface of the lung, so that the lung will stick closer to the chest wall. This will prevent a reoccurrence of pneumothorax in a patient who has lung disease or has suffered injury or trauma of tear to the lung, and could perhaps reduce the amount of stay in a hospital. A chest x-ray or a ct scan can confirm if the lung has healed and that there is no air in the chest wall/thoracic cavity or pneumothorax.
Lungs can be damaged due to pneumonia, asthma, whooping cough, medical and surgical procedures, sarcoidosis, smoking or chest injury. A "nasogastricscopy" or an endoscopy device for nasogastric (NGT) tube placement to be used for nasogastric aspirations or intubations is necessary to avoid the risk of causing a pneumothorax resulting from a tear in a patients lung. It is imperative to keep the lungs healthy and provide remedy to them upon illness or injury. If one is opposed to taking supplements of vitamin c, ginger and eucalyptus; if an inhaler that consists of these supplements were used this would ensure optimal lung health.
Pneumothorax-don't hold it!