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Can a lung puncture leak again after healing?

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 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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What are the chances of a small pneumothorax healing by itself, and how would the body absorb the leaked air?

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

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How long does it take to heal from a lung puncture from a fall?

How long does it take to heal from a lung puncture from a fall?

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 more

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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)?

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)?

Chest tube: Peripherally placed CT to re-expand the the lung, evacuate any blood and stop any air leak. If things stabilize in 2-3 days clamp the tube and if problems return then thorascopically close the entrance/exit wounds with staples ...Read more

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Partner had accident 2yrs ago, fractured t9 ribs and "small" lung puncture. No surgery. Ongoing minor cough all seasons ever since. Any correlation?

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 more

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Could i get pneumothorax[lung collapse] from smoking?

Yes: Yes, but not directly. Most spontaneous pneumothoraces are caused by rupture of blebs, which are located on the surface of the lungs. Smoking can make the blebs grow in size over time, which makes them more susceptible to rupture. ...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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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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Had primary pneumothorax 2 weeks ago, they did VATS and removed bullae. Can pneumothorax reappear again? Also, is lung capacitty now smaller? Thanks

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 more

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