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Would my spinal fusion cause my lung to collapse?

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Dr. Mark Eisenberg answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

I don't believe so but a collapse lung is typical an emergency and needs to be addressed in an emergency room.

Answered Jul 12, 2013

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Dr. Mark Weston answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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?

Answered Feb 4, 2012

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Dr. Seth Zeidman answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

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.

Answered Oct 29, 2014

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