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Doctor insights on: Causes And Symptoms Of A Collapsed Lung

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What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung. Symptoms of a rib fracture?

What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung. Symptoms of a rib fracture?

Difficult breathing: Initially chest pain, palpable crepitance- rice crispies in the chest wall, . Later fever, pneumonia, cough along with short of breath. Rib trauma and significant local pain! limited chest wall motion. ...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 possible causes of breathlessness in a non smoker if asthma and COPD ruled out?

What are the possible causes of breathlessness in a non smoker if asthma and COPD ruled out?

Breathless: If your handle means you are 53yo think about your heart or how in shape you are; if breathlessness continues see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung?

What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung?

Short of breath/Pain: The most common symptoms are acute onset of chest pain and shortness of breath. If this were to occur you should seek immediate medical attention and have a chest x-ray to diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a collapsed trachea?

What are some symptoms of a collapsed trachea?

Stridor: Tracheal collapse is usually congenital or dur to extrinsic compression, infection, inflammatory conditions, or prolonged intubation. Trachea normally expands on inspiration and narrows on expiration. In conditions of collapse the first noticeable symptom would normally be expiratory stridor or crow as air release becomes more difficult due to exaggerated narrowing of the trachea. Need evaluation ...Read more

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What are signs of a lung or chest infection?

What are signs of a lung or chest infection?

Depends on symptoms: If you never had issues before then symptoms include cough/sputum/fevers shortness of breath. Should you have any lung problems before then any changes from your normal would be considered a possible infection. Example asthmatic who rarely uses inhaler now has to use inhaler 4-5x's aday. This is a change from norm. Any concerns see md or urgent care. Don't let symptoms get out of hand. ...Read more

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Could a collapsed lung cause the same symptoms as subcutaneous emphysema?

Could a collapsed lung cause the same symptoms as subcutaneous emphysema?

Yes: A collapsed lung (known as a pneumothorax) can cause subcutaneous emphysema when air moves from the chest through muscle and into muscle planes below skin. Subcutaneous emphysema is usually a sign that a pneumothorax is present. Typical signs of a pneumothorax include dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pain, and fast respiratory rate. ...Read more

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Can smoking worsen the symptoms of a lung infection?

Can smoking worsen the symptoms of a lung infection?

Yes : Smoking interferes with the lung's normal ability to cleanse itself. Therefore infections of breathing tubes or lung tissue will occur more frequently, be more difficult to eradicate, and be more debilitating. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis with and without lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis with and without lung cancer?

The dirty little: Secret of lung cancer is that it causes very few symptoms in the early stages. Copd, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, have cough, shortness of breath, worse with exercise and stair climbing, and can cause blue lips and finger nails, purse lip breathing. Lunf cancer can cause "clubbed finger nails" once underway, lung cancer can cause trouble everywhere. ...Read more

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Can lung nodules be caused from inflammation and cause shortness of breath and chest pain comes and goes no coughing. Cancer ruled out already?

Can lung nodules be caused from inflammation and cause shortness of breath and chest pain comes and goes no coughing. Cancer ruled out already?

Lung nodules: These are always abnormal but can have many different causes, including infectious and non-infectious inflammatory conditions (i.e., sarcoidosis, etc.), drug reactions, cancers, etc. These need to be carefully evaluated by either a pulmonologist, thoracic surgeon or other expert familiar with these conditions. ...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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Can you please lay out the initial symptoms of lung cancer in a non smoker?

Can you please lay out the  initial symptoms of lung cancer in a non smoker?

The same as a smoker: Most early lung cancers cause no symptoms, you can't feel your lungs. Common symptoms in more advanced cancers are cough, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, fatigue, weight loss, and pain in the area of the cancer. ...Read more

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Can the thyroid cause symptoms of heart pain and shortness of breath?

Can the thyroid cause symptoms of heart pain and shortness of breath?

Yes: If the thyroid is overactive it can cause palpitations and cause blood pressure to go up. The heart can beat faster. One can feel discomfort as a result. These changes can also make one feel short of breath. If the thyroid function is really low, fluid can build up around the heart (rare) & the heart rate can be slow. This can cause shortness of breath too. ...Read more

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Can a partially dead lung cause shortness of breath & a headache?

Can a partially dead lung cause shortness of breath & a headache?

Yes: Not sure what you mean by dead lung, but if part of it does not work for any cause, shortness of breath can result. ...Read more

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Is tightness of the lungs and a persistant cough an asthma symptom?

Is tightness of the lungs and a persistant cough an asthma symptom?

Yes: Chest tightness, shortness of breath, dry cough are considered classic symptoms of asthma. Please talk to your doctor regarding your symptoms. ...Read more

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What symptoms can a benign lung nodule cause, and whether it causes blockage and effect on breathing?

What symptoms can a benign lung nodule cause, and whether it causes blockage and effect on breathing?

Mostly none: In general, lung nodules benign and malignant are asymptomatic (without symptoms). That said, benign is more likely associated with infection. Thus symptoms such as infection and pneumonia may be present; fever, cough, etc.... Other symptomatic nodules may be from sarcoidosis. There is a large list of symptoms with sarcoid. ...Read more

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What kinda lung dieses cause shortness of breath besides lung cancer. No other sytoms but shortness of and some chest pain can this be inflammtion?

Sure: Many lung conditions can cause shortness of breath, for example asthma, reactive airway disease, bronchitis, various respiratory infections, pneumonia, etc. At your age, inflammation and a possible viral or bacterial infection would be statistically most likely, nut get an evaluation to be safe and properly diagnosed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

Open lungs up: Atelectasis of lung means there is no air iin a portion of lung. This occurs if a branch of the bronchi leading to that part of the lung is blocked by mucous/phlegm or even a foreign body (like an aspirated piece of food for example). Often use of cough, bronchodilators can open bronchi up and clear phlegm or a bronchoscope can be used to suction it out. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of having shortness of breath AND cough from hiatal hernia?

What is the likelihood of having shortness of breath AND cough from hiatal hernia?

Could be: Cough and shortness of breath can be caused by many things, but a hiatal hernia can cause them by allowing stomach fluids to reflux into the esophagus and upper airway. However if you are severe shortness of breath you should seek medical attention right away. ...Read more

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What are common signs and symptoms of a pleural effusion?

What are common signs and symptoms of a pleural effusion?

Shortness of breath: As the chest cavity fills with fluid, the lung gets compressed. This can lead to shortness of breath, as well as possible chest pain, depending on the cause of the effusion. Fever is another possible finding, but is also related to the cause of the effusion. ...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