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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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
23 years experience in Radiology
Yes: A collapsed lung means that the lung cannot do it's job, bringing oxygen into the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
30 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Bad: Pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, hydropneumothorax and atelectasis all emcompass conditions where a lung is "collapsed." in atelectasis, the lu ... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cassandra Lee
19 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: A collapsed lung is called a "pneumothorax." sometimes this may occur spontaneously, but often it is a result of trauma. When too much pressure buil ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience in General Surgery
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
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
The lingula is the: Smallest lung segment on the left side. Atelectasis means collapse. A central lung cancer could obstruct the airway and lead to collapse.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not directly....: COPD is a disease typically caused by smoking, which is also a risk factor for lung cancer. So, COPD does not cause lung cancer but the two diseases s ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Wee
Dr. Jon Wee answered
23 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath and pain are the most common symptoms. This requires urgent evaluation.
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phan answered
21 years experience in General Surgery
Not neccessary: If the pneunomia is treated and the cavitary lesion goes away on shorterm follow up then you are good. However, if the lesion persist then further di ... Read More
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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
No: Lungs may collapse for a variety of reasons, including trauma, blebs, bullae, increased pressure in the lungs, etc. While a pneumothorax may occur bec ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes & No: Hyperinflated lungs are larger but that's not good. Rather than being elastic, the lungs are more rigid and stretched out which makes them less effici ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Collapsed lung: Did it occur as a result of trauma? Or did it happen spontaneously? Is he a smoker? Smokers can develop emphysema, in which the air sacs coalesce and ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
57 years experience in Pathology
Probably: Calcification means the lesion has been there for a while and is an indication of it being benign if there are multilpe it problaly indicates a prior ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Lung blebs: Small collections of air on the pleural surface of the lung which can rupture & cause pneumothorax. Commonly seen in pilots.
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Unlikely: The other way around- lung disorders from pneumonia, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism may all have fluid in chest: pus blood serous fluid dependin ... Read More
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
25 years experience in Radiology
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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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
By compression: If a tension pneumothorax develops, cardiopulmonary collapse may develop.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sunil Mehra
43 years experience in Pulmonology
Yes: Smoking can lead on to develop emphysema, which causes hyperinflation sec to airtrapping.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amanda Stream
14 years experience in Critical Care
X-Ray : A collapsed lung or pneumothorax as it is called usually happens after trauma to the chest but can also occur spontaneously. Often times patients hav ... Read More
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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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
A : A collapsed lung - also referred to as a pneumothorax in the medical literature - arises when the outer surface of the lung develops a "puncture" caus ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Both are affected: Normally, in pulmonary fibrosis both lungs are affected at the tissue level. The x-ray can show one lung more affected than the other. Confusion can ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cough: Good question. If the xray is normal, it means you dont have a pneumonia. You could still have bronchitis or cough asthma as causes for the cough. You ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Jackson
Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care
Indirectly: It doesn't cure the disease, but replaces one damaged lung for a functioning one. The fibrosis doesn't return to the new lung.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience in Cardiology
Yes : Depending upon severity and other comorbodities.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
No.: An emphysematous bulla or"blister" occurs by the systematic destruction of the interalveolar septa within the alveoli with the resulting coalescence ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Nothing to worry: This is almost nothing. Exercise and live will and it will go away. You probably had a lung infection and la is a residual that should go away. ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirpal Singh
23 years experience in General Surgery
May be: Depends on cause. If the cause was direct puncture of lung during procedure, then it will not happen again. If it was, say a bleb, it could happen aga ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
20 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Depends on cause: Risk of developing a collapsed lung again depends on why you had in the first place (i.e., its cause). Smoking in general causes destruction of lung t ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Prevention: Need cat scan thorax to assess number, size and location of blebs or bullae.Blebectomy, abrassive/talc pleurodesis most consistent succesfull method f ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience in Interventional Radiology
Empyema: Can be treated with percutaneous catheter drainage and tpa (alteplase) therapy to the pleural space along with the appropriate antibiotics. If this fa ... Read More
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