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what are the symptoms of a collapsed lung?

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Dr. Jon Wee
Dr. Jon Wee answered
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath and pain are the most common symptoms. This requires urgent evaluation.
Answered on Apr 10, 2013
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Dr. Brian Bezack
17 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Short of breath/Pain: The most common symptoms are acute onset of chest pain and shortness of breath. If this were to occur you should seek immediate medical attention and have a chest x-ray to diagnose the problem.
Answered on May 22, 2018
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Short of breath: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. Symptoms if present may include shortness off breath, cough, and/or chest pain. The first line of diagnosis for large pneumothorax is a good history and physical examination (stethoscope). Most smaller pneumothoraces can be diagnosed with good 2 view chest x-ray series. Occasionally, a ct-scan may be necessary.
Answered on Aug 29, 2016

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