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Collapsed lung

A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
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
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Pneumothorax: Generally excellent recovery saw your other question too depends on findings, and interventions like chest tube, or vats smoker emphysema age ... Read More
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Check with your doc: Check with your lung doc. A chest ct without contrast may be useful.

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
Radiology 24 years experience
Yes: A collapsed lung means that the lung cannot do it's job, bringing oxygen into the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Bad: Pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, hydropneumothorax and atelectasis all emcompass conditions where a lung is "collapsed." in atelectasis, the lu... Read More
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Generally no bueno: Poorly/incomplete inflation of lung is non functioning lung. Collapse from air = pneumothorax. If pneumothorax creates enough pressure, can compress t... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Need more info: "collapsed" lung is a term that can mean several different things. Collapsed lung can mean a pneumothorax which is treated with a chest tube, or a col... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Multiple: External and internal. External causes are trauma, diagnostic procedures, etc. Internal factors deal with an increase in pressure in the lung, causing... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Tension pneumothorax: You can die from collapsed lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. Eventually, the pressure will collapse your other lung and vesse... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Negative pressure: You can die from collapsed lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. First responders, emt and trauma providers are trained to recogni... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Find out the cause: Need to find the cause first for the collapse-pleural effusion, pneumothorax, endobronchial tumor--etc. Appropriate intervention depending on the caus... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Breathing pain: Though mechanisms of injury play a role here, both traumatic and spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will lead to shortness of breath and chest ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 26 years experience
Chest X-ray: Chest x-ray is most often utilized test. If the diagnosis still remains uncertain, occasionally, a chest ct scan can be performed.

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