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Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

No: Holding one's breath a long time is not a known risk factor for collapsing a lung. The risk factors are smoking, and having lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive lung problems, etc... Also, a person who has had one spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is at higher risk for having another pneumothorax. ...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 holding your breath too long cause your lungs to collapse?

Can holding your breath too long cause your lungs to collapse?

No: it will increase your strength on it but not to collapse. Remember breathing oxygenates holding too much will not help to get more oxygen ...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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Should i be concerned if my CT scan of my lungs shows mild bibasilar gravity dependent atelectasis. Reason is shortness of breath.?

No: If you take a few good deep breaths, you'll eliminate it. If cts were free and had no radiation dose, you could prove this by taking a few deep breaths and repeating your scan. ...Read more

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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl

Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl

Poor Asthma Control: Sounds like you have a history of poorly controlled asthma. With 4 months of worsening cough and atelectasis on CXR I would recommend seeing a physician who specializes in managing asthma like an allergist or pulmonologist if not already done so in order to get better control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a collapsed lung and get back into playing sports?

How long does it take to recover from a collapsed lung and get back into playing sports?

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 more

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Could laughing to the point of hold ur breath cause a tension pneumothorax ? I laughed so hard now my chest hurts hist: htn&pcos mild l/s atelectasis

Could laughing to the point of hold ur breath cause a tension pneumothorax ? I laughed so hard now my chest hurts hist: htn&pcos mild l/s atelectasis

If you: Had a bleb on the lungs theoretically it could burst. Tension pneumothorax is a severe condition the person usually can't carry on with the daily activities and would seek medical attention. For being sure consult your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Have shortness of breath when lying flat and cough a lot.Chest CT showed mild cardiomegaly and Mild dependent atelectasis but echocardiogram was okay.

Have shortness of breath when lying flat and cough a lot.Chest CT showed mild cardiomegaly and Mild dependent atelectasis but echocardiogram was okay.

SOB lying flat: Recent cold? or have another medical condition like HTN,DM, autoimmune disease, lyme,coxsackie? d-dimer normal?Did CT check for PE? BNP level ?ankle swelling? What was pulm pressure?asthma?Rare heart failure with normal ejection fraction. F/U w/cardiologist ask about use of lasix (furosemide) (if ankle edema)or ,elevating head of bed . http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2394690/ ...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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Can you get a collapsed lung from someone squeezing you too hard in the rib area?

Can you get a collapsed lung from someone squeezing you too hard in the rib area?

Yes: The actual act of squeezing might not be a problem, but a broken rib as a result of squeezing could cause a pneumothorax if the rib puncrured the lung. ...Read more

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Do you get a collapsed lung after a lung biopsy?

Do you get a collapsed lung after a lung biopsy?

You may: A small percentage of patients will get a pneumothorax ( air around the lung) during a lung biopsy. Of these only a small percent would need any treatment for it ( a chest tube or small thoracic vent) to remove the air and allow the lung to re expand. The risk depends on the location of the lesion and underlying condition of the lungs. In most patients it is a relatively safe procedure. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to get a collapsed lung twice in a few months?

Bleb/Bullae: Bullous emphysematous disease secondary to smoking. If teen or young adult non smoker, congenital apical blebs. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a collapsed lung from breathing in too much smoke?

Depends: People who have blebs or bullae, really tighten their throat or cough hard on smoke inhalation and the pressure can cause the blebs or bullae to pop. You can look for an old study on pneumothorax and marijuana smoking which is likely of same cause. ...Read more

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How long after a collapsed lung can you fly?

How long after a collapsed lung can you fly?

It depends: Patients should discuss their specific circumstances with their physician. It depends on the cause and/or associated abnormality/disease of a patient's lung. Pneumothorax may be caused by chest trauma or from abnormalities in the lung tissue itself. Sometimes, it is recommended that surgery be performed to remove abnormal areas of lung tissue. Discuss with thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

The collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads ...Read more


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Atelectasis (Definition)

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