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A 38-year-old member asked:

what do you suggest if my husband lung collapsed 14 years ago. he seems to think he can't ride rollercoasters anymore because of it. is this true?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Possibly: Primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP), air around lung in pleural space, no precipitating event in a person who does not have known lung disease and causes lung collapse. Spontaneous pneumothorax, increased risk (32%)for another collapsed lung in future. Some say prevention of pneumothorax includes: avoiding exposure to high altitudes, scuba diving, flying unpressurized aircraft and stop smoking

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A 31-year-old member asked:

My athletic friend's lung collapsed?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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Possible: Sometimes this happens in young, tall and athletic individuals for no apparent reason. Sometimes associated with an underlying lung disease, but generally it is a mechanical problem. Sometimes it is recurrent.
Dr. Stephen Daquino
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Totally agree with Dr Fisher- called a spontaneous pneumothorax
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A 37-year-old member asked:

My lung collapsed on its own once. What are the chances it will collapse again?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Lung collpase: Probably you have pulmonary blebs. If this is true then its more likely that it will collapse in the future.
A 33-year-old member asked:

If someone was hit in the chest hard and their lung collapsed. How long would the stay be?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
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A few days: Pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung is usually treated by hospitalization. This usually requires that a chest tube be inserted into the chest to reinflate the lung. Recovery time varies, but is usually only a few days.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Could a lung collapsed cause damage?

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Allergy and Immunology 42 years experience
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. Once the lung is re-inflated, it usually goes back to working about as well as it worked before. Sometimes the collapses come in people with lung disease, so that might not be very well, but they also occur in young, tall, thin athletes.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What could mean that my lung has collapsed?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.

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