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What happens if you have a collapsed lung?

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Dr. Jonathan Field
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Collapsed lung: A collapsed along can be a medical emergency. Typically the attempt is to expand the long using a chest tube. This is usually done in intensive care setting. With proper care it can easily be really expanded and sealed. There is a risk, however of reoccurrence

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can a collapsed lung happen again spontaneously?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: About 20% of the time unless excission of blebs/bullae, abrassive/talc pleurodesis is done. After first spontaneous pneumothorax cat scan thorax advised to assess extent, number, size of blebs or bullae. If non smoker, apical congenital blebs may be the cause.Maneuvers that can apply sudden compressive or decompressive force to the thorax may cause blebs to rupture.Diving, skydiving, piloting aircraft.

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