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What causes a collapses lung?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Somewhere a hole.: Lung collapses because air leaks into the chest cavity through a hole in the lung or in the chest wall, or a fluid such as blood or serum leaks into the chest cavity and compresses the lung. In tall young healthy males this sometimes occurs spontaneously. Happens with obstructive lung disease and of course with trauma and severe lung disease or mechanical ventilation.
Answered on Apr 28, 2017
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