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Can A Lung Puncture Leak Again After Healing
Yes: A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) 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. The cause of the damage can recur, or the healing may not be strong enough, so a repeat leak can happen. It is not possible to predict if or when the lung will leak again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What are the chances of a small pneumothorax healing by itself, and how would the body absorb the leaked air?
Yes: If it were small, it could resolve over time. That pre-supposes that the reason for the pneumothorax has sealed over and will not expand it.The gas within just diffuses across the membranes surrounding it. ...Read more
1 week possible: Chest tubes may need to placed for up to 1 week or longer. ...Read more
Patience: Chest tube drainage/evacuation will often resolve pressure imbalance instantly. The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potentially seal in just a few days (like a scab). The lung tissue takes longer to fully heal, depending on type of injury. If from trauma, associated chest wall injury (rib fractures, etc...) as well as chest tube site may take weeks to months to heal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I just want to know how one would close a lung puncture that was caused by a bullet. (This is not a real life issue)?
Partner had accident 2yrs ago, fractured t9 ribs and "small" lung puncture. No surgery. Ongoing minor cough all seasons ever since. Any correlation?
Probably not: An isolated rib fracture and small pneumothorax should leave no lasting effects. If the cough is productive, especially mixed with blood, the initial injury may have been more severe than described. Follow up with your primary physician or get seen by a pulmonologist for a more complete examination and testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Please tell me, could find is that i might have suffered a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). How likely is this?
Had primary pneumothorax 2 weeks ago, they did VATS and removed bullae. Can pneumothorax reappear again? Also, is lung capacitty now smaller? Thanks
1) Yes 2) Maybe not: Without a complete history, I am only speculating, but -- 1) If you have other bullae now or new ones develop in the future, you do have a risk of recurrence. 2) Bullae are often not functional and take up space in the chest that could be used by functional lung - by removing them you can actually increase lung function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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