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what happens if you try to fly with a partially collapsed lung?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on pressure: When flying with a partly collapsed lung, the leaked air in the chest (between the lung and rib cage) expands as the outside air pressure drops as the plane goes up. The expanding trapped air compresses the lung & heart, leading to shortness of breath, inadequate oxygen intake, poor circulation and death. Flying at low altitudes won't expand the trapped air much, but the plane might hit something.
Answered on Jun 10, 2018
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Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
SOB: Shortness of breath can occur if you do not have proper lung capacity and you fly at high altitudes without proper pressurization.
Answered on Mar 8, 2017
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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
spaces expand on thinner air, therefore the pneumothorax can expand in space and can compress the other lung.
Dec 2, 2013

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