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Will a partially collapsed lung re inflate itself over time

A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
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
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 39 years experience
Yes: If the cause for the collapse is evaluated, found and treated.

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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Could get worse: A simple collapsed lung, also known as a pneumothorax, can turn into a life-threatening condition called a tension pneumothorax. This can be a sudden ... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Unpleasant: It depends on size pneumothorax. While there is a chance for a small one to resorb and be fine, others will, either enlarge, or fibrinous material wi... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 49 years experience
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
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Could be risky: It depends on the type of "collapsed lung" that you have. But, when flying, there are definite pressure changes that can affect a collapsed lung. So, ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Amico Sr
Addiction Medicine 44 years experience
yes, a collapsed lung can occur spontaneously.This is referred to as a spontaneous pneumothorax. Depending on the lobe that has collapsed the discomf... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanober Butt
Pulmonology 21 years experience
Yes: It seems he has atelectasis/consolidation ( scientific for collapse lung). As long as patients do not have chronic lung problems and have normal oxyge... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Patrick Connerly
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 50 years experience
Yes: Because of commercial aircraft cabin pressurization systems and 20% or less is involved, it should be ok to fly. Many people with only one lung can ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
Radiology 25 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 32 years experience
Bad: Pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, hydropneumothorax and atelectasis all emcompass conditions where a lung is "collapsed." in atelectasis, the lu... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 41 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