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Too much karaoke gives man a collapsed lung

By T.K. Randall
August 18, 2019 · Comment icon 4 comments



Too much karaoke can be bad for your health. Image Credit: PD - Kane Reinholdtsen
A man in China recently ended up in hospital after an evening of belting out songs caused his lung to collapse.
For most of us, the ordeal of singing pop songs in front of an audience is punishment enough, but for one man in China recently, singing karaoke almost had fatal consequences.

The 65-year-old, who has been identified only as Wang, sang at such intensity and for so long that he started to experience difficulty breathing as well as pains in his chest.

When he visited a hospital the next day, doctors discovered that his lung had literally collapsed "because of the high lung pressure caused by singing high notes."
The condition, which is known as pneumothorax, happens when air is rerouted into the area between the lung and the chest wall, putting pressure on the lung and causing it to collapse.

It is believed however that Wang must have had a pre-existing condition beforehand.

"Typically, a collapsed lung requires some degree of architectural abnormalities within the lung," said Dr. Enid Neptune at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. "An absolutely, totally normal lung usually doesn't suffer spontaneous pneumothorax in the absence of trauma."

Source: Live Science | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Scholar4Truth 3 years ago
I guess when they say you can blow out your voice, that can be taken literally!
Comment icon #2 Posted by and then 3 years ago
He probably had an underlying problem that the stress of forcing his diaphragm so energetically just caused a lung to drop.  The amazing thing is he waited a day to go to have it reinflated   Pneumothorax is supposed to be VERY painful and anxiety-inducing.
Comment icon #3 Posted by highdesert50 3 years ago
And, sometimes the karma does indeed come around.
Comment icon #4 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 3 years ago
He shouldn't have attempted to sing anything by Sebastian Bach. 


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