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can partially collapsed lungs repair themselves

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: A partially collapsed lung is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and ... Read More

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A 80-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Depends: That really depends on the variables - impossible to make a global statement. It would be really nice if some talented surgeon could do both at the sa ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Atelectasis: Depends on why it collapsed to begin with. If it was a mass pressing on it, need to remove. If it was because of infection and have a hard covering , ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
37 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Certainly: If the cause of the collapsed lung is taken care of the lung can reexpand and heal. Reversible causes of collapse are fluid in chest cavity from infec ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
NO: Not a good idea. The airplane air is under prfessure ie pressureized cabin and could increase the ptx while in flight needing emergency chest tube p ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe it will: A partially collapsed lung is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on pressure: When flying with a partly collapsed lung, the leaked air in the chest (between the lung and rib cage) expands as the outside air pressure drops as the ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
37 years experience Pulmonology
Yes, low pressure: Airline flights typically pressurize cabins to the equivalent of being 5000 feet high. The pressure in the cabin is lower than while on the ground. ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Heston
28 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Possibilities include incomplete healing, or recurrent partial collapse, or the onset of arthritis due to the injury. It could also be something compl ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Possibly yes: I imagine the collapsed lung re-expanded to normal already but another episode of collapse may occur causing persistent symptoms. After an episode of ... Read More

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