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Question: Pneumothorax at altitude

 Jeremie Nicolas - Thu Nov 25, 2004 6:37 pm

I have previously had 2 pneumothoraxes, the last one being in 1996 when I was operated on to stop it happening again. Since then I have not had any problems. However I am currently travelling and am looking at climbing a mountain which is roughly 6000m high. Is it dangerous for me to be at this altitude having had the pneumothoraxes before or with the operation is there no more risk?

Many thanks for your help.
Jeremie Nicolas
 Dr. Russell M - Fri Dec 03, 2004 7:15 pm

User avatar Hi!

Recurrent pneumothorax is a relative contraindication to high-altitude trekking. It would be best to discuss with your doctor regarding risks involved before venturing.


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