Annals of Thoracic Medicine
CASE REPORT
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 176--178

Pneumothorax, music and balloons: A case series


Shiferaw Dejene1, Fahim Ahmed2, Kastelik Jack1, Arnorld Anthony1 
1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, HU16 5JQ, United Kingdom
2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Stafford Hospital, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Shiferaw Dejene
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, HU16 5JQ
United Kingdom

We describe two cases of spontaneous pneumothorax in young healthy adults with no underlying structural lung disease. The onset of pneumothorax was following physical activity including playing musical instruments and blowing of balloons. There is sparse data evaluating the pathophysiology of primary spontaneous pneumothorax in relation to increased mouth pressures. These cases highlight the possible physical effect of valsalva manoeuvre on transpulmonary pressures, and the potential risk of developing pneumothorax in otherwise healthy individuals. This aspect of pneumothorax development is worthy of further exploration, to better elucidate the mechanism and enhance our understanding of this common respiratory presentation.


How to cite this article:
Dejene S, Ahmed F, Jack K, Anthony A. Pneumothorax, music and balloons: A case series.Ann Thorac Med 2013;8:176-178


How to cite this URL:
Dejene S, Ahmed F, Jack K, Anthony A. Pneumothorax, music and balloons: A case series. Ann Thorac Med [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Feb 22 ];8:176-178
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