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Doctors Blame Too Much Karaoke For Man’s Collapsed Lung

You might want to pass the mic and rest after enjoying the top hits of Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. One man in China was hospitalized for a collapsed lung linked to too much karaoke. 

The 65-year-old patient suffered the condition called pneumothorax after performing 10 consecutive songs with high notes. The man, identified as Wang, experienced chest pains and difficulty in breathing after his performance, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP)

His lung collapsed due to high pressure caused by singing high notes, according to Peng Bin-fei, a physician who checked him in Nanchang county. 

Pneumothorax causes the air that should fill the lungs to reach the area between the lung and chest wall. That air then presses on the lungs leading to a partial or complete collapse. 

But pneumothorax is a rare condition. Experts said that it may not be directly linked to karaoke or reaching high notes since the collapses may occur due to preexisting lung conditions. 

In Wang’s case, he potentially had a lung anomaly previously undetected that triggered pneumothorax, according to Enid Neptune, an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. 

"Typically, a collapsed lung requires some degree of architectural abnormalities within the lung," Neptune told Live Science. "An absolutely, totally normal lung usually doesn't suffer spontaneous pneumothorax in the absence of trauma."

Such abnormalities in the lung are known as blebs or bullae that appear like air pockets. A traumatic chest injury can also lead to a collapsed lung. 

Another incident of lung collapse was reported in 2017 during a One Direction concert. A young girl experienced a pneumothorax-like condition after prolonged screaming at the event.

Doctors said the forceful screaming caused a pressure that forced air from her respiratory tract into multiple pockets outside her lungs. 

"If you play the tuba; if you have these forceful coughing spells where you generate very high pressure in your lungs; or if you engage in air travel where there are acute shifts in the air pressure; in those scenarios you can develop a pneumothorax in the setting of an abnormal lung structure," Neptune explained. 

Karaoke Mic Karaoke started in Japan in the 1970s as a dining interactive entertainment or video game. Pixabay