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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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Is it okay to drink alcohol while recovering from a collapsed lung?

Is it okay to drink alcohol while recovering from a collapsed lung?

Yes and yes: There is no contraindication to a little drink as long as not to the point of bleeding or confused and aspirate. Remember, just the usual 2 drinks a day….Oops I think my glasses are too big (just a joke). Read more

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Can drinking alcohol have any effect on someone who has a collapsed lung?

Can drinking alcohol have any effect on someone who has a collapsed lung?

Yes: Like other effects on folks. If taking other meds may have combined effects. Pneumothorax collapsed lung needs treatment or observation - usually away from the bar? Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol after a collapsed lung?

Is it safe to drink alcohol after a collapsed lung?

Not usual: Alcohol does not generally have direct impact on pneumothorax per se. However, over all care may be impacted. If your pneumothorax is being treated, you may be on medications that should not mix with alcohol. If your pneumothorax is being observed for worsening or recurrence, you should not drink as may mask your symptoms. Discuss with your thoracic surgeon your case specifics. Read more

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What's the difference in atelectasis and collapsed lung?

What's the difference in atelectasis and collapsed lung?

Blocked bronchi: The bronchial tree branches and lead to air sacs (alveoli) that then transfer o2 to the blood stream. If a bronchial tube is completely blocked (e.g. By mucous, foreign body, tumor) the blocked air sacs as the air is absorbed into the blood stream and no air can get in>atelectasis. Lung collapse occurs if there is air or fluid between lung surface and chest wall (e.g. Pneumothorax/effusion). Read more

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What is the difference between atelectasis and collapsed lung?

What is the difference between atelectasis and collapsed lung?

Not much: Collapsed lung is called atelectasis which could be secondary to pneumothorax, mucous plug or tum etc or infections, . Read more

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What is the difference? Between atelectasis and collapsed lung?

What is the difference? Between atelectasis and collapsed lung?

Grades of the same: Atelectasis (from the latin for imperfect extension) can refer to collapse of a small portion of the lung (called a segment or subsegment) or to collapse of an entire lung. It can be due to obstruction of an airway. Depending on the level of the airway (whether a main bronchus or a smaller bronchiole) depends on the amount of lung that collapses. Read more

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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

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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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When to fly after collapsed lung?

At least a week: The puncture in the lung needs to fully seal before you fly. Usually a week is fine. Read more

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How does one treat a collapsed lung?

How does one treat a collapsed lung?

Negative pressure: You can die from collapsed lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. First responders, emt and trauma providers are trained to recognize and release the pressure associated with a collapsed lung, to prevent tension pneumothorax. A chest tube is inserted into the space between your lung and chest wall. The tube is put to negative pressure, so lung can re-expand. Read more

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How easy is it to recover from a collapsed lung?

How easy is it to recover from a collapsed lung?

Negative pressure: A collapsed/punctured lung is serious, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. Once recognized, a chest tube is placed to release the pressure associated with collapsed lung. The tube is put to negative pressure, so lung can re-expand. Recovery depends on the size and rate of healing of the injury to your lung. So a small injury should heal in days, larger injury will take longer. Read more

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Can a collapsed lung happen again spontaneously?

Can a collapsed lung happen again spontaneously?

Yes it can: A spontaneous pneumothorax, collapsed lung, is caused by a small bubble, bleb, that developed in the lung and has popped thereby leaking air. It is similar to a balloon popping. The first line of treatment is to place a chest tube in the chest cavity to remove the air. If the leak in the lung seals the tube can be removed. There is approximately a 50% chance it could recur again. Read more

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Can you get a collapsed lung from too much smoke?

Can you get a collapsed lung from too much smoke?

Depends: As noted, one time exposure to heavy smoke is not likely to result in pneumothorax. The 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. Lung inflammation is hypothesized to play an important role in the lung injury process that predispose. Read more

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What is the risk of flying with a collapsed lung?

What is the risk of flying with a collapsed lung?

Speak with physician: As noted, air trapped outside your lung but inside your chest can expand with increasing altitude. This can potentially be rapidly fatal. Your thoracic surgeon should provide guidance to safe and appropriate activities. Read more

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Does the pain of a collapsed lung come right away?

Does the pain of a collapsed lung come right away?

Yes: A pneumothorax may not cause any symptoms, but when symptoms occur it is usually immediate and can include any of the following: sudden chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and coughing. Read more

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Is there risk of flying with a partially collapsed lung?

Is there risk of flying with a partially collapsed lung?

YES: I agree with dr. Siegel. Air travel, skydiving, high altitude travel, scuba diving with an unresolved pneumothorax is dangerous. There are different specifics to each patient. It is important you discuss your pneumothorax with your thoracic surgeon and seek guidance and instructions for safe activities. Read more

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Will a partially collapsed lung re inflate itself over time?

Maybe it will: A partially collapsed lung is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and the ribs. The site of the leak has some damage, which will heal itself later. If only a very small amount of air leaked into the chest cavity, that air might go away (reabsorbed by the body) without treatment, and the lung will re-inflate. Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

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Atelectasis (Definition)

Collapse of a lung or part of a lung from ...Read more