Kapalabhati pranayama: breath of fire or cause of pneumothorax? A case report.

@article{Johnson2004KapalabhatiPB,
  title={Kapalabhati pranayama: breath of fire or cause of pneumothorax? A case report.},
  author={Derek B Johnson and Mathew J Tierney and Parvis J Sadighi},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2004},
  volume={125 5},
  pages={1951-2}
}
Spontaneous pneumothorax is the most common cause of pneumothorax. We report a case of a 29-year-old healthy woman who presented to the emergency department with a spontaneous pneumothorax caused by a yoga breathing technique called Kapalabhati pranayama, or breath of fire. Yoga breathing exercises are commonly practiced, and a limited number of studies have shown various physiologic benefits of yoga breathing. This is the only known report of spontaneous pneumothorax caused by pranayama, but… CONTINUE READING

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