Overview of treatment options

Most of the treatments described have been developed to treat general pneumothorax, and have not been specifically developed for BHD patients. Therefore, before you have any treatment, it is important that your doctor knows that you have BHD, and it is possible that you may develop collapsed lungs in the future, as this may change the course of treatment they suggest.

Additionally, if you have already had surgery on your lungs, you should tell your doctor about this too, as this could also affect the best course of treatment for you.

Recently, BHD experts from Japan and the Netherlands have suggested that the best way to reduce the chances of further episodes of collapsed lungs is to completely eliminate the space between the lungs and the chest wall (the pleural space). To do this, they recommend combined pleurectomy and chemical pleurodesis to physically stick the outside of the lungs to the chest wall (5).

More detailed information about treatment is split into two sections:

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5. Christiaan Johannesma P, Houweling AC, Van Waesberghe JHTM, Van Moorselaar RJJA, Starink TM, Menko FH, et al. The pathogenesis of pneumothorax in Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome: A hypothesis. Respirology [Internet]. 2014 Nov 1 [cited 2021 May 11];19(8):1248–50. Available from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25302759/

Last Updated: May 2021
Review date: May 2024