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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

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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Gallbladder surgery. 3 wks later short of breath. put on prednisone. CT for tummy pain.showed scattered atelectasis on lung bases. should i worry?

Gallbladder surgery. 3 wks later short of breath. put on  prednisone.   CT for tummy pain.showed scattered atelectasis on lung bases. should i worry?

Atelectasis: Yes, your atelectasis can result in pneumonia if you don't start taking deep breaths to open up and expand your lungs. Didn't they give you an incentive spirometer after your operation? If so, use it. ...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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How can I get the doctors to do something about my collapsed lung.?

How can I get the doctors to do something about my collapsed lung.?

Consultation: A collapsed lung may relate to mucous blocking off the airway or a tumor vs a pneumothorax. A ct of the chest will help decide the cause. You may need to see a pulmonologist and thoracic surgeon for definitive therapy. ...Read more

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Approximately how long will you live with a collapsed lung?

Approximately how long will you live with a collapsed lung?

Collapse lung: A collapsed lung can kill you very quickly if it is from a leak in the lung that doesnt seal and causes a tension pneumothorax. Alternatively a partial collapse of a lung can be tolerated well and may never cause death. In fact this was a form a treatment for tuberculosis in the past. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a partial collapsed lung?

How long does it take to recover from a partial collapsed lung?

Patience: 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 and extent of initial 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 am paranoid about a collapsed lung, how do I get checked?

CXR: Medical evaluation and usually a regular chest x-ray can help reassure you. ...Read more

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I have a partially collapsed lung. I have had two xrays since, no improvement. What will happen if i don't get the tube to help it re-inflate?

Could get worse: A simple collapsed lung, also known as a pneumothorax, can turn into a life-threatening condition called a tension pneumothorax. This can be a sudden event that rapidly progresses to death. ...Read more

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I've a collapsed lung but not a very bad one how long would it take to fully repair it self I'm resting 24/7 mainly it's just a small air leakage ?

I've a collapsed lung but not a very bad one how long would it take to fully repair it self I'm resting 24/7 mainly it's just a small air leakage ?

Several days: A small pneumothorax usually resolves in 3-5 days. If you have chest tightness or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention. These would be symptoms that the pneumothorax is getting worse which can be a life-threatening situation requiring placement of a chest tube. ...Read more

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Could you have long term side effects after a collapsed lung at birth?

Could you have long term side effects after a collapsed lung at birth?

Yes: There are a series of associated items.Including lung and diaphragm.
The lung may have anomalies, or failure to expand completely. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a collapsed lung to cause respiratory failure?

Lung collapse: If you are otherwise young and healthy, respiratory failure will not occur. In general, it depends on the degree of collapse, duration, and whether you have other underlying lung disease in the non collapse lung. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a collapsed lung to cause respiratory failure ?

How long is it supposed to it take for a collapsed lung to cause respiratory failure ?

Tension rapid: If the collapsed lung (pneumothorax) creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of the heart. This decreases the blood return to the heart. Without adequate blood return, your heart does not have enough blood to pump out to your body. This is called tension pneumothorax. If the pressure is not released, this is rapidly fatal. ...Read more

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I got a spontanous collapsed lung a week ago. I want to know how long would it take so i can go back to normal and play soccer?

I got a spontanous collapsed lung a week ago. I want to know how long would it take so i can go back to normal and play soccer?

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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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