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what does a collapsed lung sound like?

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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
20 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Decreased sounds: A collapsed lung is associated with absent air flow to the involved segment of the lung. On examination, the involved part will have diminished/absent breath sounds. Small areas of lung collapse may not cause any symptoms & can go undetected unless a chest xray is done. The evaluation & treatment depends on patient's history & underlying medical conditions. Talk to your doctor about your specifics.
Answered on Sep 14, 2013
Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Quiet: If the lung collapses, there is a decrease in air flow to the lung, causing a decrease in sounds.
Answered on Sep 21, 2013

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