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A 47-year-old member asked:

Any info on a spontaneous collapsed lung like what's wrong with me?

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Dr. Alexander Vogel
Radiology 17 years experience
Bad break: Collapsed lung, or pneumothorax is usually the result of external trauma - car accidents and other causes of i jury. Once in a while, a patient will get a spontaneous pneumothorax. This can be painful and scary. Sometimes there is an identified - and almost always benign - underlying lung abnormality. Sometimes various treatments will be required.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Blebs: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. In short, if you are healthy, non-smoker, you may just have abnormality in your lungs (blebs).

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A 27-year-old member asked:

What does it feel like to have a collapsed lung?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Trouble breathing: Symptoms of pneumothorax (collapsed lung) include sharp chest pains (especially with breathing), a dry cough, and shortness of breath. If the leaked air is compressing the lungs and heart, it is a tension pneumothorax (life-threatening!) and symptoms include a very anxious looking person with trouble breathing or talking, swollen veins in the neck, & bluish skin color (cyanosis).
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What does a collapsed lung feel like?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 28 years experience
Breathing pain: Though mechanisms of injury play a role here, both traumatic and spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will lead to shortness of breath and chest pain. If left untreated, some may lead to tension pneumothorax which may be deadly. If you see the patient turning pale and taking shallow, frequent, gasping breaths - there is not a minute to waste.
Last updated Dec 10, 2013


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