A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) is a buildup of air in the space between the lung and the chest wall (pleural space). As the amount of air in this space increases, the pressure against the lung causes the lung to collapse. This prevents your lung from expanding properly when you try to breathe in, causing shortness of breath and chest pain.
A pneumothorax may become life-threatening if the pressure in your chest prevents the lungs from getting enough oxygen into the blood.
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New research may give doctors more tools to treat COPD, keep it from getting worse, or prevent it in people who are at risk, like smokers, says Albert Rizzo, MD, chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE.
In addition to inhaled medicines that help open inflamed lung airways so you can breathe better, a new class of drugs called phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitors helps lower the numbers of severe flares, Rizzo says. Roflumilast (Daliresp) is the...