Pneumothorax Precautions

If you have BHD syndrome, we suggest the following:

  • Consult a pulmonologist to arrange a CT scan so you can determine if you have lung cysts.
  • Be sure to have your own emergency plan in mind for getting to a hospital or doctor as soon as possible in case of a lung collapse.
  • Take a medical history with you when you travel, along with a description of the pneumothorax as a manifestation of BHD. Portable Health Cards are available.
  • There are situations which may increase the risk of a pneumothorax:

-flying in unpressurised aeroplanes;

-consult with your pulmonologist to determine if commercial flights are a safe option for you;

-scuba diving;

-sports and strenuous activity at high altitude;

-smoking.