Thursday, September 26, 2013

Q: For how many days air travel should be avoided after resolution of pneumothorax?


Air travel should be avoided for up to 7 days after complete resolution of a pneumothorax. Some guidelines even prefer to wait for 2 weeks. A followup CXR should be obtained prior to travel to confirm resolution of pneumothorax.


1. MacDuff A, Arnold A, Harvey J, BTS Pleural Disease Guideline Group (December 2010). "Management of spontaneous pneumothorax: British Thoracic Society pleural disease guideline 2010". Thorax 65 (8): ii18–ii31

2. Practice Guideline, Orlando Regional Medical Center. Air travel following traumatic pneumothorax. October 2009.

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