Relationship of spontaneous pneumothorax cases seen in Eastern Black Sea region with meteorological changes

Yamac M. E. , Karapolat S., TÜRKYILMAZ A. , Seyis K. N. , TEKİNBAŞ C.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOMETEOROLOGY, vol.61, no.8, pp.1493-1498, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00484-017-1327-z
  • Page Numbers: pp.1493-1498


The relationship of climate changes or weather conditions with the incidence of pneumothorax has been explored for many years. We aimed at revealing the effects of meteorological changes on the incidence of pneumothorax in the Eastern Black Sea region where spontaneous pneumothorax cases are seen relatively more frequently. The records of 195 subjects (179 males and 16 females) who had been monitored and treated due to spontaneous pneumothorax between January 2006 and December 2012 at our clinic were reviewed retrospectively, and their relationship was investigated with the meteorological data obtained by going through the database archive records of the 11th Regional Meteorology Directorate for the years between 2006 and 2012. Wind velocity was observed to be less in the days of having spontaneous pneumothorax than in the days of having no spontaneous pneumothorax, and the difference was found statistically significant (P = 0.026). The people of our region whose active lifestyle is reflected in their working life, social life, and even in their folk dances usually take a rest in the days of slower wind speed. We think that this state of resting leads to an increase in the frequency of spontaneous pneumothorax.