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Can You Treat A Collapsed Lung Without Hospitalization
Technically maybe: Up to 10+% of spontaneous pneumothoraces may be completely without symptoms. It is believed many patients with mild or no symptoms may remain at home and not seek medical assistance. Patients with small, asymptomatic pneumothorax, may be sent home after short evaluation and repeat x-ray in er and no other interventions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Atelectasis (from greek: ἀτελής, "incomplete" + ἔκτασις, "extension") is defined as the collapse or closure of the lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange. It may affect part or all of one lung. It is a condition where the alveoli are deflated, as distinct from pulmonary consolidation. It is a very common finding in chest xrays which needs to be interpreted in the ...Read more
Negative pressure: You can die from collapsed lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. First responders, emt and trauma providers are trained to recognize and release the pressure associated with a collapsed lung, to prevent tension pneumothorax. A chest tube is inserted into the space between your lung and chest wall. The tube is put to negative pressure, so lung can re-expand. ...Read more
Air in wrong place: Pneumothorax is an accumulation of air outside your lung but inside your chest/ribcage. It is commonly described as a "collapsed lung" because the air in this space displaces your lung and prevents complete expansion of your lung. Small may be treated by observation, larger or progressing will require tube drainage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: A pneumothorax does not always require hospitalization, and certainly not mechanical ventilation. The key is how well the patient is doing - some frail respiratory patients might need much more aggressive treatment than someone with a simple pneumothorax but preserved lung function. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My brother in law is in the hospital with a collapsed lung. They put a tube in his chest and he is going for his second surgery tomorrow. ?
Recurrent problem: The collapsed lung is called a spontaneous pneumothorax if it happens without prior trauma. If he has anatomical blebs in his lung or his doctors feel he is at high risk for recurrence they may do a bleb resection and/or a pleurodesis which is deliberate scarring to force the lung to adhere to the chest wall so it can't collapse again as is prone to happen in some people. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Only small ones.: Collapsed lungs ("pneumothorax") are very common after trauma and make occur spontaneously, often due to small blebs on the lung. In the era of ct scans, we find many, many pneumothoraces that would have been way too small to be seen on traditional chest x-ray. If it is small (~15-20%) and not associated with shortness of breath, a repeat x-ray will show resolution w/o rx most of the time. ...Read more
Yes: If the 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 can be rapidly fatal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Size: Smaller collapse often heals. Larger may need drainage. 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
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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