A 27-year-old member asked:
what does it feel like to have a collapsed lung?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
Trouble breathing: Symptoms of pneumothorax (collapsed lung) include sharp chest pains (especially with breathing), a dry cough, and shortness of breath. If the leaked air is compressing the lungs and heart, it is a tension pneumothorax (life-threatening!) and symptoms include a very anxious looking person with trouble breathing or talking, swollen veins in the neck, & bluish skin color (cyanosis).
Answered on Sep 23, 2011
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