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What does a collapsed lung feel like

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

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatric Pulmonology 21 years experience
Decreased sounds: A collapsed lung is associated with absent air flow to the involved segment of the lung. On examination, the involved part will have diminished/absent... Read More
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Quiet: If the lung collapses, there is a decrease in air flow to the lung, causing a decrease in sounds.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Trouble breathing: Symptoms of pneumothorax (collapsed lung) include sharp chest pains (especially with breathing), a dry cough, and shortness of breath. If the leaked a... Read More
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Chest pain: And shortness of breath. Get a xray of your lungs if your doctor wants to check for this. (sometimes fever too).
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Vogel
Radiology 16 years experience
Bad break: Collapsed lung, or pneumothorax is usually the result of external trauma - car accidents and other causes of i jury. Once in a while, a patient will g... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 36 years experience
Usu short of breath: Collapsed lung (pneumothorax) if tiny will not cause noticable symptoms. If large, can cause shortness of breath, pain when taking a deep breath. Seen... Read More
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
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
A member asked:
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

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