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Doctor insights on: Collapsed Lung

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Is a collapsed lung really bad, and can you die from one?

Is a collapsed lung really bad, and can you die from one?

Yes: A collapsed lung is an emergency and can be life threatening. It should be addressed immediately in the emergency room. If you suspect a collapsed lung call 911. Sometimes small "collapses" of the lung can be minimally symptomatic or asymptomatic. ...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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How does one treat a collapsed lung?

How does one treat a collapsed lung?

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

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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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My brother was diagnosed with collapsed lung. Any tips or suggestions for him?

My brother was diagnosed with collapsed lung. Any tips or suggestions for him?

Don't smoke: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. Risk factors for primary and secondary sps include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. Sps are associated with 20-40% recurrence rate (depending type). ...Read more

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What are the tests for collapsed lung?

What are the tests for collapsed lung?

Chest X-ray: Chest x-ray is most often utilized test. If the diagnosis still remains uncertain, occasionally, a chest ct scan can be performed. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a collapsed lung?

How do you know if you have a collapsed lung?

Collapsed lung: A collapsed lung often causes chest pain and difficulty breathing. A chest xray should confirm the diagnosis. If you know someone who has this it is important to seek help immediately. ...Read more

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What causes a collapsed lung? Can this just happen out of the blue or are there specific behaviors or conditions that cause this?

A : A collapsed lung - also referred to as a pneumothorax in the medical literature - arises when the outer surface of the lung develops a "puncture" causing the lung to deflate. A pneumothorax can develop in certain medical conditions where the lungs are diseased and prone to developing a "puncture" --e.g. Asthma, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema and is more common in smokers. Sometimes a pneumothorax arises when there is no apparent underlying lung disease. This is referred to as a primary spontaneous pneumothorax and is typically seen in young, thin men. Sometimes having a family history of a collapsed lung can suggest a cause, and there are some rare inherited diseases such as marfan's syndrome in which a collapsed lung can occur out of the blue.

Stopping smoking is the only specific behavior that will significantly reduce your chance of developing a collapsed lung. ...Read more

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How can linear atelectasis of lungs be treated/ reversed, ?

How can linear atelectasis of lungs be treated/ reversed, ?

Usually no treatment: Treatment depends on cause and severity. Minor linear atelectasis typically requires no treatment. It may resolve on its own. More severe atelectasis may be from respiratory infection, chronic lung diseases, obstruction from inhaled foreign objects, lung tumors, fluid in the lung, severe asthma and chest injuries. It does not sounds like you have those problems, however. ...Read more

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Collapsed lunghad markers placed in liver 3 weeks ago had collapsed lung , treatment chest tube, could it reoccur?

Collapsed lunghad markers placed in liver 3 weeks ago had collapsed lung , treatment chest tube, could it reoccur?

Unlikely: If due to the test and needles , it is unlikely to recur.
Spontaneous pneumo does have a significant spontaneous recurrence rate. ...Read more

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How can I cure a collapsed lung

How can I cure a collapsed lung

Need more info: "collapsed" lung is a term that can mean several different things. Collapsed lung can mean a pneumothorax which is treated with a chest tube, or a collapsed lung can mean an obstructed bronchus which is treated, when possible, by removing the obstruction. ...Read more

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How to prevent another lung collapse?

How to prevent another lung collapse?

Prevention: Need cat scan thorax to assess number, size and location of blebs or bullae.Blebectomy, abrassive/talc pleurodesis most consistent succesfull method forprevention of recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax. Avoid smoking, coughing, diving, skydiving, football tackle, straining, sneezing, rollercoaster rides to include some. ...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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Collapsed lung recovery?

Collapsed lung recovery?

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 more

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Is a collapsed lung bad?

Is a collapsed lung bad?

Yes: A collapsed lung means that the lung cannot do it's job, bringing oxygen into the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide. ...Read more

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How bad is a collapsed lung?

Bad: Pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, hydropneumothorax and atelectasis all emcompass conditions where a lung is "collapsed." in atelectasis, the lung is not aerated because alveoli are not expanded. This is usually an issue internal to the airways. The rmainder are due to something outside the actual lung parenchyma - compressing the lung. All are bad, so talk to your doc. ...Read more

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How can I cure a collapsed lung

Need more info: "collapsed" lung is a term that can mean several different things. Collapsed lung can mean a pneumothorax which is treated with a chest tube, or a collapsed lung can mean an obstructed bronchus which is treated, when possible, by removing the obstruction. ...Read more

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What can cause a collapsed lung?

Multiple: External and internal. External causes are trauma, diagnostic procedures, etc. Internal factors deal with an increase in pressure in the lung, causing rupture of a pre- existing issue (pulmonary bleb). Pressure increases can be a cough, sneeze, or being on a ventilator. Air leaves the lung or enters the chest through a defect, causing collapse of the lung. ...Read more

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When to fly after collapsed lung?

When to fly after collapsed lung?

Discuss MD: Until surgical evaluation and/or treatment, refrain from flying and scuba. With guidance/instructions from your surgeon, it is generally safe to travel by commercial airline after your pneumothorax is fully resolved (~4weeks). If your lung is currently "collapsed", i.e. Your pneumothorax has not resolved, you should refrain from air travel, skydiving, high altitude travel, and scuba diving. ...Read more

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Can you die from a collapsed lung?

Can you die from a collapsed lung?

Tension pneumothorax: You can die from collapsed lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. Eventually, the pressure will collapse your other lung and vessels. Untreated, death will occur. First responders, emt and trauma providers are trained to recognize and release the pressure associated with a collapsed lung, to prevent tension pneumothorax. ...Read more

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How does one treat a collapsed lung?

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

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Do I know if I have a collapsed lung?

Do I know if I have a collapsed lung?

Maybe not: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. Symptoms if present may include shortness of breath, cough, and/or chest pain. The first line of diagnosis for large pneumothorax is a good history and physical examination (stethoscope). Most smaller pneumothoraces can be diagnosed with good 2 view chest x-ray series. Occasionally, a ct-scan may be necessary. ...Read more

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How does the dr fix a collapsed lung?

It depends: A large penumothorax from any cause is treated with a chest tube placement or at least evacuation of the air outside the lung. A small one can be treated with 100% o2 by mask and observation. If it's from a ventilator, even a small size may need chest tube. Pleurodesis or sticking the lung to the chest wall is considered depending on the cause of the lung collapse. ...Read more

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What does a collapsed lung feel like?

What does a collapsed lung feel like?

Breathing pain: Though mechanisms of injury play a role here, both traumatic and spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will lead to shortness of breath and chest pain. If left untreated, some may lead to tension pneumothorax which may be deadly. If you see the patient turning pale and taking shallow, frequent, gasping breaths - there is not a minute to waste. ...Read more

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What are the tests for collapsed lung?

Chest X-ray: Chest x-ray is most often utilized test. If the diagnosis still remains uncertain, occasionally, a chest ct scan can be performed. ...Read more

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What can be done for a collapsed lung?

Chest tube: Typically, the first line of treatment for a collapsed lung is to insert a chest tube, which is a tube that is placed between the ribs and outside of the lung, in order to allow the lung to re-expand. If the lung is only partially collapsed, sometimes this is not necessary. Occasionally, surgery will be required to treat the problem. ...Read more

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Can a collapsed lung improve on its own?

Yes: A healthy normal person with no particular risk factors, can get a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). If the amount of air that leaked out was small, and the leak had sealed itself off, the doctor may decide to observe the patient and let the leaked air get reabsorbed by the body. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a collapsed lung?

What sort of disease is a collapsed lung?

Lung collapse: A collapsed lung can be spontaneous and associated with a variety of diseases (emphysema for example or alpha-1- antitrypsin deficiency) or traumatic. Various conditions can result in which if untreated the lung may remain collapsed or produce a tension pneumothorax demanding emergent treatment. ...Read more

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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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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