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Music: a new cause of primary spontaneous pneumothorax
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    Spontaneous pneumothorax in a bass player

    Dear Editor,

    I have just discharged a 28 year old male who had a pneumothorax after a night of playing bass guitar standing in front of a large amplifier. Although he has been playing in this band for years, this is his first pneumothorax. As standing in front of this amp may be the etiology, he intends to discontinue this practice and use earphones.

    I appreciated your article with other similar case hist...

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    Music or Detonation induced Pneumothorax

    Dear Editor

      As my Title suggests, I have considered the possibility which would be analogue to a detonation causing ARDS (Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome). In contrast to the ears, where the middle ear reflex until a certain limit prevents destruction of the tympanic membrane with a time constant of 35 microseconds, the lungs have no reflex damping sudden bursts from heavy sub-woofers working together with...

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