A 28-year-old member asked:
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will a partially collapsed lung re inflate itself over time?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe it will: A partially collapsed lung is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and the ribs. The site of the leak has some damage, which will heal itself later. If only a very small amount of air leaked into the chest cavity, that air might go away (reabsorbed by the body) without treatment, and the lung will re-inflate.
Answered on Mar 29, 2020
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Dr. Philip Chao
37 years experience Radiology
Yes: If the cause for the collapse is evaluated, found and treated.
Answered on Mar 29, 2020

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Unlikely to progress: But follow up with your primary care physician.
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Welcome: No obvious reason why you can not fly, but talk to your gp who knows your medical condition to discuss risks.
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