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what does it feel like to have a collapsed lung?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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
Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
Chest pain: And shortness of breath. Get a xray of your lungs if your doctor wants to check for this. (sometimes fever too).
Answered on Mar 22, 2013
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