Man Suffers Collapsed Lung After Marathon Session of Karaoke

Passionate people can sometimes be very intense. A 65-year-old man saw one of his lungs collapses after a marathon Karaoke session!



A 65-year-old Chinese man who is passionately committed to singing was taken to a hospital after a long karaoke session because of lung collapse (pneumothorax).

The pain began after 10 songs in a row

After his 10th song, the 65-year-old began to feel chest pain. He told the Hong Kong newspaper, South China Morning Post, “I was very happy. After doing a few high notes, I started having breathing difficulties “.

Although he had never felt so much pain in his previous karaoke sessions, the man named Wang didn’t worry and went home. As the pain worsened at night, the 65-year-old finally decided to go to the hospital.

During his visit to the E.R., he was examined by the doctors and a scanner of the chest was performed which showed that his left lung had collapsed. This pneumothorax was caused by pressure on the lungs as the amateur singer tried to reach the high notes.

When the man was treated and regained his lung capacity, his accident caused a burning noise in China, a country where there are legions of karaoke lovers. Dr. Peng Bin-Fei, a doctor in the emergency room of Nanchang Hospital in southeast China, warns music lovers in an interview with the Chinese video platform PearVideo: “It is better not to sing longer than two hours.”

Wang isn’t the only one who collapsed his lung while singing. A young woman from Texas had a similar accident in 2017. One of her lungs collapsed after a loud scream during a concert. Her case was the subject of a scientific article in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.

However, cases of spontaneous pneumothorax caused by singing or screaming are rare. To the disappointment of these two music lovers, physicians only knew of two cases: an opera singer and a teacher who yelled at the recruits.

Pneumothorax: What is it?

Pneumothorax is a condition that affects the pleura; the membrane that covers the inner wall of the thoracic cavity (parietal pleura) and the outer surface of the lung (visceral pleura). If air enters the space between the pleura, it could lead to a lung collapse.

If this occurs without a recognizable disease, it is referred to as a primary pneumothorax. It is usually caused by the collapse of a cell that allows air to pass under the visceral pleura. Those at risk are usually men between the ages of 15 and 40, especially smokers.

Pneumothorax can also be the result of diseases such as chronic respiratory diseases, obstructive pulmonary diseases, tumors or infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. The disease can also be caused by trauma.

Symptoms of pneumothorax

Various signals can indicate the presence of a pneumothorax:

  • Acute chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • A cough
  • Tiredness
  • Tachycardia
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hypotension
  • Cyanosis (bluish skin and mucous membranes).


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