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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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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.

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I had a collapsed lung 4 years ago and they had to glue my lung back up because it would not stay up on its own. My question is can I skydive?

I had a collapsed lung 4 years ago and they had to glue my lung back up because it would not stay up on its own. My question is can I skydive?

See a doctor: This is a good question and in part it may depend on the reason for your collapsed lung. Presumably you had a pneumothorax. Do you have bullous lung disease or Marfans syndrome? I suggest seeing a pulmonolgist for a thorough evaluation and clearance. The issue would be whether your lungs can take a sudden change in pressure- the same issue could also be at play for scuba diving.

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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.

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I had a collapsed lung 3 weeks ago, now again I have the pain in my back that I had before treatment, can it be the lung collapsing again, thank you?

I had a collapsed lung 3 weeks ago, now again I have the pain in my back that I had before treatment, can it be the lung collapsing again, thank you?

Could be: Are you having trouble breathing, if so you may have a recurrence of spontaneous pneumothorax. Visit your nearest emergency room and enroll in programs to help you quit smoking. As long your you smoke, you will always be at risk for spontaneous pneumothoraces.

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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.

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Can sinus chest pain give you chest pain like a collapsed lung? Chest xray came back. Good

Depends: It's hard for me to imagine the pain of a collapsed lung (I have not have one) but I can imagine the sob. In sinus problem you cough and can cause pain, even rib fracture which was ruled out by xr. I can also cause sudden pulls on the intercostals, hence chest wall pain. The inflammation from the same cause as the sinus problem, even viral etiology, can cause pleurisy.

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Hi. I had a chest xray on tues. Results back on weds. Doc told me its either a collapsed lung or cancer, could it be anything else?

Hi. I had a chest xray on tues. Results back on weds. Doc told me its either a collapsed lung or cancer, could it be anything else?

Pneumonia: Things that can cause serious lung changes are tuberculosis, bacterial pneumonia, histoplasmosis, and deposits of material called sarcoidosis.Each has tests to determine its identity. Please go to a pulmonologist and be evaluated.

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Burning sensation under left shoulder blade/back; medium pain that changes through the range of motion. Tall/lean, hist. Of collapsed lung (2 yrs ago)?

Burning sensation under left shoulder blade/back; medium pain that changes through the range of motion. Tall/lean, hist. Of collapsed lung (2 yrs ago)?

Neuromuscular pain: The change in pain with range of motion a little bit reassuring that it is muscle with some nerve involvement that increases with movement. I have that before with all the stress and the "knots". Still due to your risk and previous event a good exam by your pmd to assure no recurrence is indicated, maybe a cxr.

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Pain under right rib in my back when I breath its sharp what could this be? Collapsed lung or what muscle strain? Hurts the worse when standing up

Pain under right rib in my back when I breath its sharp what could this be? Collapsed lung or what muscle strain? Hurts the worse when standing up

Many choices: You have suggested many choices. This could be a rib fracture, a pulled muscle, pleurisy, other pulmonary issues, Your physician can clarify this.

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Aunt has lung cancer, having chemo, rushed back to hospital throwing up blood. I've been told good sign, means collapsed lung re-inflating. Any advise?

Aunt has lung cancer, having chemo, rushed back to hospital throwing up blood. I've been told good sign, means collapsed lung re-inflating. Any advise?

Who said this?: If the doctor treating her right now said this was a good sign, then it likely is. Only the doc who's treating her for this now can give a decent idea. Unless the doc has communicated this to another doc or family member. Maybe this sounds like a reasonable answer to vomiting blood to another doc, but it does not make a lot of sense to me. But, sometimes we don't remember all we were told exactly

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can a collapsed lung improve on its own?

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.

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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.

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