Pneumothorax in children
Pneumothorax is sometimes called a collapsed lung.
Our son was hooked up to machines
Ian and Sairah’s son had a pneumothorax at birth. This is also known as collapsed lung and is rare.
It is caused when air builds up between your child’s lung and the chest wall. It stops the lung from inflating properly and can cause it to collapse.
It may be caused by weak tissue in the lungs or if your child was on a ventilator. It is more common in tall, thin boys around the time of puberty.
It can also develop after some surgical procedures or if your child is injured.
Your doctor will watch your child’s chest movement and listen to their breathing. They may also need a chest X-ray.
In many cases treatment is not needed. If air needs to be removed from the chest space quickly, doctors will usually use a long needle or a chest drain.
For more information see the GOSH website.