A member asked:
my sister in law had her lung removed due to cancer and her remaining lung has now collapsed and will not reinflate, how long can she go on like that?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Richard Zimon answered
58 years experience Internal Medicine
The collapse: must be "small" and "partial" or she would have passed on! It is not uncommon for folks with only one lung in the absence of recurrent cancer to live for extended periods of time. Tiny subsegmental lung "collapse" or "atelectasis" are concerning but not necessarily lethal. Hope this is helpful! Dr Z
Answered on Apr 22, 2017
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