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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
It's empty: The gallbladder largely functions as a bag that concentrates bile made in the liver. Between meals, bile flows from the liver into the bile duct, and ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zeenat Hasan
13 years experience in Bariatrics
This is normal: the GB stores bile that is made by the liver. In response to a fatty meal, the GB squeezes and empties the bile into the intestines to help digest you ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
See a doctor, urgent: A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lun ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Somewhere a hole.: Lung collapses because air leaks into the chest cavity through a hole in the lung or in the chest wall, or a fluid such as blood or serum leaks into t ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: A collapsed lung may be related to a pneumothorax, or massive fluid and atelectasis. Some may require surgery such as placement of a chest tube for ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience in Podiatry
Not necessarily: Why did it collapse though? If one has a charcot type foot, one must be careful as there could be further breakdown in the foot.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Close: Depends on the type of procedure done. Generally, the success rate is very good, with few recurrances seen.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: Two variables are bone strength and compressive energy applied the weaker the bone the less energy required to crush vertebra low energy fractures are ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience in Cardiology
Unlikely to progress: But follow up with your primary care physician.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Probably not: If by lung collapse you mean a pneumothorax, or air around the lung in the chest cavity, that is usually due to a genetic predisposition, smoking, tra ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Block
34 years experience in Trauma Surgery
Great Question: And I have a better answer: unlike the american bison, most mammals have two separate pleural or lung cavities. If one lung collapses, the problem doe ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Collapsed lung low O: A collapsed lung doesn't oxygenate blood, so a person with one feels very short of breath. The damage to the person comes from the oxygen problem. Onc ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not likely: The trachea is a rigid cartilage pipe. You should never choke anyone as it can kill!
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
It can: Pleural effusion i fluid collection in the space around the lungs. There are many causes. The fluid can compress the lung making it difficult to bre ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Yes: The pleural fluid will exert push against the lung tissue at all phases of respiration but more noticeably it is a pressure against which the lung has ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
Shock: This occurs during periods of shock or severe illness like sepsis when the cardiovascular system cannot support life adequately. Blood pressure severe ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Guarded: I am sorry for this situation. No one can say for sure what will happen, but from your description, I think the prognosis would be guarded.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diana Metzger
29 years experience in Cardiology
Talk to your doctor: Unless the collapse has been known to be present for a long time and stable, may represent infection, blocked airway (?Aspiration), congenital malform ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience in General Surgery
See below: Pericardial tamponade is a serious emergency problem of fluid or blood collection in the sac around the heart, causing heart dysfunction. Myocardial c ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
39 years experience in Trauma Surgery
No, but: Increased pleural fluid (effusion) may be caused by pulmonary edema and heart failure. This is because the heart is unable to pump the blood effective ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
29 years experience in Diagnostic Radiology
That depends...: On the cause. Many disease states can cause 'hyperinflation'. Asthma, may cause hyperinflation that resolves after the acute state. However, emphysema ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience in Pulmonology
Gas Exchange: Pulmonary edema affects the flow of oxygen from airsacs / alveoli to blood vessels in the lungs called capillaries. This is called gas exchange and r ... Read More
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