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How would trauma doctors heal punctured lung due to a broken rib?

How would trauma doctors heal punctured lung due to a broken rib?

Chest tube: A punctured lung (pneumothorax) from trauma (rib fracture) is likely to cause lung collapse and blood in chest cavity (hemothorax). 1 or several chest-tubes would likely be needed to drain fluid (&blood) and re-inflate the lung using negative pressure (suction on the chest tubes). The chest tubes remain until the lung remains inflated when chest tubes are clamped. ...Read more

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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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Can a rib fracture puncture a lung?

Can a rib fracture puncture a lung?

Yes: An x-ray is required to diagnose a puncture. Be careful this can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Visit the emergency department for X-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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Use pain medications as directed
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My daughter, about 35 pounds, walked on my ribs.Would it hurt if I had a broken rib or did something to my lungs? Because I feel okay.

My daughter, about 35 pounds, walked on my ribs.Would it hurt if I had a broken rib or did something to my lungs? Because I feel okay.

Rib fracture=pain: If you had fractured a rib: you would know it! you would have moderate -severe pain exacerbated by movement, cough, and deep breathing. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images possibly showing nodule
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Carefully research best options, follow vs. biopsy
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What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung. Symptoms of a rib fracture?

What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung. Symptoms of a rib fracture?

Difficult breathing: Initially chest pain, palpable crepitance- rice crispies in the chest wall, . Later fever, pneumonia, cough along with short of breath. Rib trauma and significant local pain! limited chest wall motion. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

See Doctor for Evaluation
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Evaluate Smoking Status
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Ensure Proper Follow Up of Nodule
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