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How do you help heal a collapsed lung that has been damaged by necrotizing pneumonia and flooding of the lung by blood?

How do you help heal a collapsed lung that has been damaged by necrotizing pneumonia and flooding of the lung by blood?

Talk with experts...: In acute stage of lung collapse, usually, chest tube for a few days to help the affected lung expand is essential besides adequate use of antibiotics. After that, healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence and obsession will provide your body with its best possible inside and outside environments to undergo its best possible self-healing. Together, time will tell the story what you can do. ...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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My chest xray says I have viral pneumonia, but I have no symptoms other then chest pain when inhaling deeply could this possibly be a collapsed lung?

My chest xray says I have viral pneumonia, but I have no symptoms other then chest pain when inhaling deeply could this possibly be a collapsed lung?

Unlikely: Though a chest xray is not the most reliable test for a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) it is pretty good. If there is a viral pneumonia on xray that could cause your symptoms. ...Read more

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Got out of hosp 2 weeks ago collapsed lung from walking pnuemonia. How long should recoup be. Legs feel like rubber bands and a simple yawn really hurts?

Two – four weeks.: Likely that the pain will be much better within the next two weeks and that the fatigue should improve significantly over the course of a month. It takes a long time to recover from these serious infections. ...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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Can one have small collapsed lung with few symptoms. Could this spontaneous collapse be deadly? Some studies say that progression to tension is rare.

Lung collapse: Unlikely. Pain and shortness of breath. Spontaneous pneumothorax would be rare at your age. Exertion related in your age group. Better to just go get a chest x-ray ...Read more

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Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Probably normal: These changes are typical after pneumonia, but should resolve within 6-12 weeks. Ask whomever was treating you for the pneumonia about the need for a follow up chest X-ray in a couple months. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Two clear X-rays after right lowerlobe pneumonia and atelectasis. Still pain in that right lung daily and low grade fever for over 1 month. What now?

Atelectasis....: Atelectasis, which is when there is collapse of the small airways in the lungs, could account for your symptoms. If you get an incentive spirometer, and use it every hour while awake, the atelectasis will resolve faster. So, see your doctor and get an incentive spirometer. Your doctor can show you how to use it! And, if you smoke, you need to quit ASAP to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Had lower left pneumonia March 4. Right lung had some fluid. Ct scan yesterday showed left lung clear. Right small fluid and atelectasis. What now??

Had lower left pneumonia March 4. Right lung had some fluid. Ct scan yesterday showed left lung clear. Right small fluid and atelectasis. What now??

Resolving pneumonia: Do you have an incentive spirometer to encourage deep breathing and expansion of the lung? You can buy them online, even from Amazon or a health supplies store/site. Blowing an instrument, singing, blowing up a balloon, and simple deep breathing exercises as well as being more active out of bed will help resolve it. ...Read more

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March 4 lower left pneumonia. X-ray yesterday white lower left lung still. Ct scan today showed small atelectasis or small fluid lower left. Resolve?

March 4 lower left pneumonia. X-ray yesterday white lower left lung still. Ct scan today showed small atelectasis or small fluid lower left. Resolve?

Likely ok: Radiographic resolution of pneumonia is typically slower than (lags behind) clinical resolution. What does the report impression say? ...Read more

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Do atelectasis & pneumonia look similar on non contrast chest CT scan?

Do atelectasis & pneumonia look similar on non contrast chest CT scan?

Can be similar: On non contrast CT scan it is difficult to differentiate in some cases atelectasis from pneumonia. With contrast administration usually atelectasis is more contrasted (enhanced) than most pneumonias. ...Read more

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I have had pnemonia twice in my early life and have been diagnosed with mild right basilar atelectasis. What can I do to strengthen my lungs? M

I have had pnemonia twice in my early life and have been diagnosed with mild right basilar atelectasis. What can I do to strengthen my lungs? M

Active lifestyle: I would consider an evaluation of your immune system if the two prior pneumonias were significant (ie hospitalized or required IV antibiotics), or if you have had other infections. Consider an evaluation of your lungs, as there may be a structural abnormality which is contributing to your lung issues. An active lifestyle will help prevent atelectasis. ...Read more

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What does this mean chest ct scan. Mild infiltrates, left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia, mild left pleural effusion..

What does this mean chest ct scan. Mild infiltrates, left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia, mild left pleural effusion..

CT scan: Proper interpretation of CT or "cat scan" results is a tricky proposition and requires a physician to clinically correlate with multiple factors. The findings above may simply represent excessive mucus or possibly an infection. An effusion means there is some type of fluid in or around the lungs. ...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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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 the dr fix a collapsed lung?

How does the dr fix a collapsed lung?

Find out the cause: Need to find the cause first for the collapse-pleural effusion, pneumothorax, endobronchial tumor--etc. Appropriate intervention depending on the cause. ...Read more

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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 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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How to determine if u have a collapsed lung?

How to determine if u have a collapsed lung?

Examination: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. 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 could I know if I have a collapsed lung?

How could I know if I have a collapsed lung?

Examination: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. Symptoms if present may include shortness off 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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What does it feel like to have a collapsed lung?

Chest pain: And shortness of breath.

Get a xray of your lungs if your doctor wants to check for this.

(sometimes fever too). ...Read more

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What's the significance of having collapsed lung?

What's the significance of having collapsed lung?

Varies with severity: Significance can vary with the extent of the collapse. If a large portion of the lung is collapsed then a patient will have difficulty breathing, which can be mild to severe, with respiratory failure and death as the extremes. Most often the collapse is limited and partial, often reversible with no intervention. Many things can cause collapse, so more information is needed from your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to have a collapsed lung?

What could cause a person to have a collapsed lung?

Air leak: Anything that could cause a hole in the lung can make it collapse. The most common causes are trauma, bleb disease (weak portions of the lung like an overinflated balloon), and postprocedure changes. People with blebs can get it from heavy coughing or straining to have a bowel movement - anything that increases the pressure inside the chest. ...Read more

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What are the odds for a collapsed lung to fix itself?

What are the odds for a collapsed lung to fix itself?

Size: Smaller collapse often heals. Larger may need drainage. 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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What would cause a collapsed lung to not stay inflated?

Collapsed Lung: An obstruction inside the airway may prevent expansion. Alternatively, the lung or the lining around the lung could be inflamed or scarred. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a collapsed lung which repairs itself?

Is it possible to have a collapsed lung which repairs itself?

Certainly: If the cause of the collapsed lung is taken care of the lung can reexpand and heal. Reversible causes of collapse are fluid in chest cavity from infection, air leak after chest injury (tension pneumothorax), tumor blocking the bronchus. ...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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What does a collapsed lung sound like?

Quiet: If the lung collapses, there is a decrease in air flow to the lung, causing a decrease in sounds. ...Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

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