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A 24-year-old member asked:

Would my spinal fusion cause my lung to collapse?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
No: I don't believe so but a collapse lung is typical an emergency and needs to be addressed in an emergency room.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Wherwas your fusion?: Dropping a lung is a routine part of anterior thoracic approach to the thoracic spine, did you fusion include the thoracic spine any thoracic pedicle screws?
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Possibly: Lung collapse after surgery can be a direct or indirect result of the operation. With thoracic surgery the pleural space is sometimes entered intentionally and the lung collapses and will re-expand later. Additionally, collapse due to atelectasis can occur - coughing and deep breathing can correct this. This is the most common cause.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What can cause a lung to collapse?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Loss of (-) pressure: A collapsed/punctured lung is serious, as it can progress to tension pneumothorax. Once recognized, a chest tube is placed to release the pressure associated with collapsed lung. Any injury that allows positive pressure from the airways or externally into the negative pressured pleural space will start the lung collapsing. Trauma, needle sticks, rib fx, fluid, spontaneous are common causes.

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