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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Close: Depends on the type of procedure done. Generally, the success rate is very good, with few recurrances seen. ...Read more
Yes: A partially collapsed lung 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 later. If only a very small amount of air leaked into the chest cavity, that air might go away (reabsorbed by the body) without treatment, and the lung will re-inflate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are vertebral crush fractures caused by the collapse of weakened vertebrae? What causes the collapse?
Yes: Two variables are bone strength and compressive energy applied the weaker the bone the less energy required to crush vertebra low energy fractures are in weak bone ...Read more
What is the risk of a minimal lung base collapse becoming a full lung collapse?
Rt lung base minimal collapse
tachycardic at times
Concerned: Am concerned with 17 year old, "lung collapse", hypertension, tachycardia and arm pain. This needs very careful assessment. If the "collapse" you speak of is a pneumothorax, it would not be described as "asymptomatic". Thus would need further evaluation and potential intervention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. 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. Dry air is not generally a risk factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Defect in the lung: Though most of the time when a lung collapses, it is caused by some type of trauma, there are some patients that have defects in the lung surface. These illnesses range from emphysema to lung fibrosis. There are some genetic mutations that also have been associated with weakness in the surface of the lungs. If the collapse of the lung was unprovoked, your doctor may need to do some tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Collapsed lung low O: A collapsed lung doesn't oxygenate blood, so a person with one feels very short of breath. The damage to the person comes from the oxygen problem. Once the lung is re-inflated, it usually goes back to working about as well as it worked before. Sometimes the collapses come in people with lung disease, so that might not be very well, but they also occur in young, tall, thin athletes. ...Read more
66yr/ m congestive heart failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, then 2nd massive hemorrhagic stroke, surgery to repair, fell into coma. prognosis?
Minimal rt lung base collapse shown on chest xray cause?
Shortness of breath when running
See below: Pericardial tamponade is a serious emergency problem of fluid or blood collection in the sac around the heart, causing heart dysfunction. Myocardial contusion is a potentially serious condition of direct trauma and bruising of the heart muscle. Flail chest is a serious problem of multiple rib fractures in several locations on one side of the chest resulting in the lung to not expand correctly. ...Read more
No, but: Increased pleural fluid (effusion) may be caused by pulmonary edema and heart failure. This is because the heart is unable to pump the blood effectively and fluid backs up in the lungs and leaks out to the pleural space. The fluid can often be relieved by medication. Pneumonia can cause increased fluid as well, which is often infected (empyema). This is removed by a tube in the chest or surgery. ...Read more