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Is there risk of flying with a partially collapsed lung?

Is there risk of flying with a partially collapsed lung?

YES: I agree with dr.Siegel. Air travel, skydiving, high altitude travel, scuba diving with an unresolved pneumothorax is dangerous. There are different specifics to each patient. It is important you discuss your pneumothorax with your thoracic surgeon and seek guidance and instructions for safe activities. ...Read more

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Dr. David Dang
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Atelectasis (Definition)

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


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What is the risk of flying with a collapsed lung?

What is the risk of flying with a collapsed lung?

Speak with physician: As noted, air trapped outside your lung but inside your chest can expand with increasing altitude. This can potentially be rapidly fatal. Your thoracic surgeon should provide guidance to safe and appropriate activities. ...Read more

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Could i fly with a partially collapsed lung?

Could i fly with a partially collapsed lung?

Could be risky: It depends on the type of "collapsed lung" that you have. But, when flying, there are definite pressure changes that can affect a collapsed lung. So, i would make sure it is ok with your doctor. ...Read more

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When to fly after collapsed lung?

When to fly after collapsed lung?

At least a week: The puncture in the lung needs to fully seal before you fly. Usually a week is fine. ...Read more

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What happens if you try to fly with a partially collapsed lung?

SOB: Shortness of breath can occur if you do not have proper lung capacity and you fly at high altitudes without proper pressurization. ...Read more

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Can I fly with a collapsed lung?

Can I fly with a collapsed lung?

Probably: Air cabins are pressurized nowadays and usually people with minor lung problems can fly fine. If your condition is unstable or if you require oxygen, you may need to consult with your doctor or even a lung specialist (pulmonologist) before you do so. ...Read more

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How long after a collapsed lung can you fly?

How long after a collapsed lung can you fly?

It depends: Patients should discuss their specific circumstances with their physician. It depends on the cause and/or associated abnormality/disease of a patient's lung. Pneumothorax may be caused by chest trauma or from abnormalities in the lung tissue itself. Sometimes, it is recommended that surgery be performed to remove abnormal areas of lung tissue. Discuss with thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly after a collapsed lung?

Is it safe to fly after a collapsed lung?

Collapsed lung: Flying after a collapse lung is safe depending on the following: 1. You must usually wait at least 6 weeks 2. It depends on whether you are flying commercial or general aviation. If the later, it depends on how high you plan to fly. 3. It depends on how the lung collapse was treated and how effective the treatment was. 4. It depends on whether you have underlying lung disease. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a partially collapsed lung due to infection. I forgot to ask her consultant if she is able to fly. Could anyone advise?

My 4 year old has a partially collapsed lung due to infection.  I forgot to ask her consultant if she is able to fly.  Could anyone advise?

Generally yes: If there is neither fluid nor air, and collapse is purely incomplete inspiration and or atelectasis, generally safe to fly. If we are to understand your question to be "collapse" by fluid and/or atelectasis, generally that is not the same hazard to air travel as a pneumothorax, "collapse" by air. ...Read more

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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

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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


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse refers to falling from the upright position to the ground. Circulatory collapse means the blood circulation is failing due to problems such as poor pumping from the heart, low blood volume ...Read more