The team did not disclose any further medical details, however, this is McCollum’s second pneumothorax since 2021. According to Yahoo! Sports, that pneumothorax occurred after a rib injury, but no correlation has been drawn between the two.
Common causes of pneumothoraces are chest trauma, lung diseases (such as COPD or LAM), and ruptured air blisters; it can also occur in patients undergoing mechanical ventilation.1
In December 2022, Grand Canyon University basketball player Derrick Michael Xzavierro suffered a pneumothorax that led to a 7-week hospitalization and two surgeries to repair his lungs. He is currently rehabilitating and hopes to play in the 2023-24 season, a GCU news release says.
That same year, in October 2022, Princeton basketball player Zach Martini was sidelined by a pneumothorax. He returned to game action six weeks later, according to local news reports.
Also in 2022, WNBA player Rebecca Allen was injured in a 2022 FIBA World Cup game for Team Australia and later learned she had 2 broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to Insider.com.
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