“Mariska Hargitay has been sidelined with a pneumothorax (a partially collapsed lung),” the rep told Access Hollywood exclusively.
Despite the injury, “she will appear in all episodes for the rest of the season of ‘Law &Order: SVU,’” her rep added.
According to WebMD, pneumothorax occurs as a result of the “buildup of air in the space between the lung and the chest wall.”
It is often caused by a chest injury like a puncture wound or broken rib, but can occur without injury.
Treatment can include oxygen and observation by a doctor, while serious cases can require surgery.
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