A 24-year-old member asked:
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could a collapsed lung cause the same symptoms as subcutaneous emphysema?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Yes: A collapsed lung (known as a pneumothorax) can cause subcutaneous emphysema when air moves from the chest through muscle and into muscle planes below skin. Subcutaneous emphysema is usually a sign that a pneumothorax is present. Typical signs of a pneumothorax include dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pain, and fast respiratory rate.
Answered on May 26, 2016
Dr. Savas Mavridis
26 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It could: It could if the lung is collapsed because air is leaking from it. That is a serious problem that requires immediate attention! there are many reasons for a collapsed lung and not all of them will have the symptom of subcutaneous emphysema. Either way you need to see your doctor who can determine if your lung is collapsed by listening to your lungs and doing a chest x-ray.
Answered on Aug 30, 2018

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