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A 26-year-old female asked:

I had a spontaneous full lung collapse 5months ago. i'm having sharp pain exactly where the chest tube was and shoots up my shoulder. should i go 2 er?

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Dr. Rajendra Tripathi
Orthopedic Surgery 46 years experience
Yes: Especially if you are having any breathing difficulty and if this a new onset pain good luck.
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Depends: Unless you have something urgent like a high fever or a red +/- draining wound or trouble breathing, i don't think the er is necessary. Instead, you should make an appointment to see the doctor who treated you for the lung collapse. Good luck!

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