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Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Great Question: And I have a better answer: unlike the american bison, most mammals have two separate pleural or lung cavities. If one lung collapses, the problem does not usually affect the other side. This is why bison were easy to hunt. If you hit one side of the chest, both lungs could collapse. The picture shows human anatomy, wish i could also post a bison picture as they are majestic creatures. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Please tell me, could find is that i might have suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). How likely is this?

Please tell me, could find is that i might have suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). How likely is this?

ED/resp difficulty: If you are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, air hunger, please see your ED. It is more common among tall individuals and males. Those with underlying lung disease or a history of thoracic procedures. ...Read more

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In December I had a spontaneous pneumothorax. I know I shouldn't, but if I were to smoke a cigarette or weed, what would happen to my lung? Thank you

In December  I had a spontaneous pneumothorax. I know I shouldn't, but if I were to smoke a cigarette or weed, what would happen to my lung? Thank you

Pneumo: Once this occurred - u have 20-60% chance of having it again for no reason at all. Some exacerbating risk- factors may be strenuous exercise, chest trauma, poorly controlled lung dzz, chronic smoking etc. However, having an occasional cigarette and/weed- while not the best way to spend ur health- should not increase ur risk more than original statement. Good luck ...Read more

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Hi,had spontaneous pneumothorax on 2010 .I had a xray last week & shows “lungs are hyperinflated w a diffuse increase in lung markings .is it normal?

Hi,had spontaneous pneumothorax on 2010 .I had a xray last week & shows “lungs are hyperinflated w a diffuse increase in lung markings .is it normal?

Probably not: spontaneous pneumothorax is usually due to rupture of a sub pleural bleb. This is a type of emphysema known as para septal emphysema. This might cause hyperinflation (increased lung volume), and could give the appearance of increased lung markings in the periphery on a chest radiograph. CT would be definitive, but is likely not necessary, because there is not much to do about it. ...Read more

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What is chance for bullae to reappear again after they have been VATS removed after primary spontaneous pneumothorax? Did not have any lung disease.Ty

What is chance for bullae to reappear again after they have been VATS removed after primary spontaneous pneumothorax? Did not have any lung disease.Ty

Depends: Depends on your lungs, why you had bullae in the first place, whether or not there are any left after the procedure, etc., etc. This is not something a physician can weigh-in on without a thorough evaluation. Your physicians are your best resource for answering these questions because they know your case. ...Read more

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Does the chest bilaterally expand if you have a spontaneous pneumothorax ? Are there always symptoms associated with it?

Does the chest bilaterally expand if you have a spontaneous pneumothorax ?  Are there always symptoms associated with it?

Depends: Hopefully, a pneumothorax does not involve both sides! a large bilateral pneumothorax tends to be fatal! the lung will re-expand if a chest tube is placed or if the leak of air around the lung seals itself and the pneumothorax is slowly absorbed. Symptoms depends on the size of the pneumothorax and range from minimal to severe shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is the sensitivity of chest x-ray in diagnosing spontaneous pneumothorax? Is this a deadly condition usually in a young, otherwise healthy man.

What is the sensitivity of chest x-ray in diagnosing spontaneous pneumothorax? Is this a deadly condition usually in a young, otherwise healthy man.

Good: On a 2 view chest x-ray it is rather easy to spot a spontaneous pneumothorax. The larger and more worrisome it is the easier it is to spot. Treatment is often just observation for small ones with or without supplemental oxygen. The ones that need evacuation, chest tubes or other aggressive treatments are quite dramatic. Those can be life threatening at any age. ...Read more

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What causes pneumothorax ( collapsed lung) and what are the symptoms?

What causes pneumothorax ( collapsed lung) and what are the symptoms?

Multiple causes: Common causes include chest trauma (like a car accident or a puncture wound to the chest) or medical procedures (like intubation). It can also occur as a complication of lung disease such as emphysema, pneumonia or cancer, or it can happen spontaneously. Typical symptoms include sudden onset of shortness of breath and sharp chest pain made worse by inspiration. ...Read more

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Can you completely recover from a spontaneous collapsed lung?

Can you completely recover from a spontaneous collapsed lung?

Yes: Although there is 25-30% chance it may happen again. Smoking cessation is essential. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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Can a normal, healthy person die from a spontaneous collapsed lung before making it to the e.R.?

Can a normal, healthy person die from a spontaneous collapsed lung before making it to the e.R.?

Usually NOT: Healthy people with a spontaneous pneumothorax usually tolerate it very well. Everything's possible, but a spontaneous pneumothorax doesn't tend to progress to a tension pneumothorax (which causes cardiovascular compromise quickly). ...Read more

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I got a spontanous collapsed lung a week ago. I want to know how long would it take so i can go back to normal and play soccer?

I got a spontanous collapsed lung a week ago. I want to know how long would it take so i can go back to normal and play soccer?

4-6wk: Usually, around 4-6wks. Depending cause of "collapsed lung" (pneumothorax). Spontaneous pneumothorax first recurrence rates depending on type ranges 20-40+%. Depending activity/lifestyle and cause (if one found), you may require surgical intervention / vats pleurodesis to prevent/decrease risk of further recurrence. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of spontaneous pneumothorax?

What is the most common cause of spontaneous pneumothorax?

Not definite: "the exact pathogenesis of the spontaneous occurrence of a communication between the alveolar spaces and the pleura remains unknown. Most authors believe that spontaneous rupture of a subpleural bleb, or of a bulla, is always the cause of psp..." http://goo.Gl/frgdy. ...Read more

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Could I get some information on a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Could I get some information on a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Collapsed lung: Spontaneous pneumothorax is collapse of the lung due to air leaking out from the lung. Spontaneous means that there is no obvious cause such as trauma. In most cases, it would be treated initially with a chest tube, which will allow the lung to re-expand. If it re-occurs or if the air leak does not seal, sometimes surgery is necessary. ...Read more

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