malchik wrote:Yeah, I asked docs. I had to describe, of course; they haven't heard of the playa conditions. They weren't moved in any way, so there's no "confirmation" of any kind.
What's very unsettling is that there were no other visible reasons for this to happen
That's the issue with pneumothorax, isn't it? It happens for no apparent reason. Doctors diagnose it because it's not uncommon, generally caused by a chest injury, but frequently is idiopathic. Doctors weren't impressed because nothing on the playa is obviously related to a collapsed lung.
If you didn't suffer a chest trauma, have no underlying disease, and didn't undergo a chest procedure, there's no known cause for the collapsed lung. The great thing about idiopathic conditions is that you can make up whatever cause you want and no one can prove you wrong. So it you want to blame the playa, go for it.