Man sent to hospital with collapsed lung after too much karaoke


  • A 65-year-old man from China experienced chest pain and breathing difficulties after hitting high-pitched tunes in a karaoke session.
  • ER doctors who examined him said he suffered from a collapsed lung, a condition medically called pneumothorax.
  • The American Lung Association said that this condition can be caused either by physical damage to the lungs or by people who scream too loud.

Hitting the high notes seem to have its dangers, after all.

For trying to hit a high note during an intense karaoke session, a man in China ended in the emergency room suffering from a collapsed lung. Apparently, the 65-year-old man from Nanchang County in Jiangxi province sang 10 high-pitched songs in a row when he began having chest pain and breathlessness, reported the Hong Kong-based English newspaper, South China Morning Post.

“I was very excited in the heat of the moment and after singing a few songs with very high notes, I found myself having breathing difficulties,” the man named Wang told PearVideo, a Chinese streaming platform.

Doctors in the ER confirmed that the man suffered a collapsed lung brought about by the ‘high lung pressure caused by singing high notes’. Good thing, he was immediately treated and is now steadily recovering.

According to The American Lung Association, a collapsed lung, also medically known as pneumothorax, is caused when a hole in the lung results to inhaled air seeping through the cavity between the lung and chest wall building up pressure within the chest cavity.

While it is often caused by physical injuries or from an underlying lung disease, it can also develop for no obvious reason. Recently, one documented case reported a 79-year-old woman from Portugal who had pneumothorax caused by an acupuncture needle that pierced her lung.

In addition, there are also documented cases caused by people literally screaming their lungs out.

A 16-year-old Texas girl suffered from a collapsed lung after screaming so much at a One Direction concert, reports a case published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine in 2017. Surprisingly, the girl had no known underlying lung problems.

This recent incident though of pneumothorax related to karaoke, it remains unclear whether the man’s age, health or possibly a pre-existing lung condition may have contributed to his condition.


Source: IFL Science

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