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Will a partially collapsed lung re inflate itself over time

A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
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
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Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
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
30 years experience General Surgery
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
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Atelectasis: Depends on why it collapsed to begin with. If it was a mass pressing on it, need to remove. If it was because of infection and have a hard covering , ... Read More
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Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Collapsed lung : Depends on the cause of the collapse. Many time lung gets trapped and collapsed, and requires decortication to allow expansion.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on pressure: When flying with a partly collapsed lung, the leaked air in the chest (between the lung and rib cage) expands as the outside air pressure drops as the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
37 years experience Pulmonology
Yes, low pressure: Airline flights typically pressurize cabins to the equivalent of being 5000 feet high. The pressure in the cabin is lower than while on the ground. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
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
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Heston
28 years experience Family Medicine
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
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sanober Butt
19 years experience Pulmonology
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
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Dr. Patrick Connerly
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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 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience 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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