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Collapsed Lung (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
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
Please tell me, could find is that i might have suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). How likely is this?
I had a spontaneous pneumothorax(collapsed lung 40%) 2 months ago. I got the staple/adhesive surgery(pleurodesis). Was told it was genetic and it happens to tall thin guys like me, smoker or nonsmoker. Would vaporizing cannabis be ok once I am healed?
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
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
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
25 year old son had spontaneous pneumothorax. Surgeon reattached lung to wall now is having same pain he had before surgery when he sneezes?
Oncologists: Does medical research identify a history of spontaneous pneumothorax as a risk factor for developing lung cancer later in one's life?
No: I can find no evidence for this. ...Read more
I'm not sure if the same doctors will see this, but I went to the ER after 24 hours. I had a spontaneous pneumothorax, have tube in chest now. Ty...?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could chest pain just located under the right rib usually accompanied with reflux possibly be gallstones? What about spontaneous pneumothorax?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Although there is 25-30% chance it may happen again. Smoking cessation is essential. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can one have small collapsed lung with few symptoms. Could this spontaneous collapse be deadly? Some studies say that progression to tension is rare.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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