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Can hyperinflated lungs heal?

Can hyperinflated lungs heal?

That depends...: On the cause. Many disease states can cause 'hyperinflation'. Asthma, may cause hyperinflation that resolves after the acute state. However, emphysema causes hyperinflation due to destroyed lung tissue. Unfortunately, that does not 'heal'. If you smoke, quit! ...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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Will a partially collapsed lung re inflate itself over time?

Will a partially collapsed lung re inflate itself over time?

Maybe it will: 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 more

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Can you restore a collapsed lung without a chest tube?

Can you restore a collapsed lung without a chest tube?

Only small ones.: Collapsed lungs ("pneumothorax") are very common after trauma and make occur spontaneously, often due to small blebs on the lung. In the era of ct scans, we find many, many pneumothoraces that would have been way too small to be seen on traditional chest x-ray. If it is small (~15-20%) and not associated with shortness of breath, a repeat x-ray will show resolution w/o rx most of the time. ...Read more

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Collapsed lung surgery. Could it 100% stop future collapses?

Close: Depends on the type of procedure done. Generally, the success rate is very good, with few recurrances seen. ...Read more

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What if my collasped lung dosent reinflate only one lobe collasped will the lung rot and cause trouble?

What if my collasped lung dosent reinflate  only one lobe collasped will the lung rot and cause trouble?

No: With the correct treatment no lung/lobe will remain permanently compressed. And lungs do not rot. ...Read more

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Is it possible a collapsed lung will heal without a chest tube?

Is it possible a collapsed lung will heal without a chest tube?

Only if very small: Only if very small, and does not get bigger with serial cxr. Air in the pleural space (pneumothorax) gets smaller by 1% every day if the lung is not actively leaking. ...Read more

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Can I smoke after minor lung collapse?

Can I smoke after minor lung collapse?

Ill advised: Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax include: smoking (including marijuana). Lung inflammation is also hypothesized to be important. Smokers have increased numbers of inflammatory cells. Studies in patients show degree of inflammation correlates with the extent of emphysematouslike changes (elcs). ...Read more

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Can partially collapsed lungs repair themselves?

Can partially collapsed lungs repair themselves?

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 more

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Does inserting a chest tube for a collapsed lung caused by a gsw immediately inflate the lung again?

Does inserting a chest tube for a collapsed lung  caused by a gsw immediately inflate the lung again?

Chest Tube: Inserting a chest can and usually reinflates the lung immediately. It is left in place on suction for a few days in order to let the hole/leak on the lung to heal. It is also useful for draining fluid or blood that may be present around the lung. ...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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Collapsed lung after bronchoscopy, what to do?

Collapsed lung after bronchoscopy, what to do?

Pneumothorax, ...: Or collapsed lung, occurs rarely after bronchoscopy. However, if a biopsy was also done, pneumothorax is more likely. If there is difficulty breathing afterwards, or if the degree of lung collapse is significant, then re-expansion of the lung by chest tube placement is indicated. If the pneumothorax is small, and breathing is ok, it might just be watched, expecting spontaneous resolution. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to scar up?

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to scar up?

Yes...: Pulmonary fibrosis does cause lung scarring. This can be minimized with treatment including treatment aimed at the underlying cause, if possible. ...Read more

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Chest tube recovery?

Chest tube recovery?

What is the question: Not quite sure i understand the question. ...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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Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Another or: Presumably you or your loved one are in an ICU at this point. What happens next depends on why the chest tube isn't working. Anotherr chest tube may be placed, the breathing tube may be moved so that only one lung is ventilated and a surgical repair attempted, etc. Your surgeon or your intensivist should tell your their plans. ...Read more

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How lung can one fully recover from fluid extracted from lung due to pneumonia.?

How lung can one fully recover from fluid extracted from lung due to pneumonia.?

Yes it can recover : A lot depends on the cause of the fluid removed but in general one could recover back to normal but a lot of factors are involved. ...Read more

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Is COPD severe when it shows hyperinflated lungs and flattened diaphragm on chest X-ray?

Is COPD severe when it shows hyperinflated lungs and flattened diaphragm on chest X-ray?

COPD: The simple answer is YES! However, I don't understand why your specialist is not treating you better! Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Chesty cough>6wk,X-ray show lung well expanded no collapse/consolidation.licency of lung marking within both upper lobes.is it serious?clear phlegm.

Chesty cough>6wk,X-ray show lung well expanded no collapse/consolidation.licency of lung marking within both upper lobes.is it serious?clear phlegm.

Cough: Good question. If the xray is normal, it means you dont have a pneumonia. You could still have bronchitis or cough asthma as causes for the cough. You may need to see a pukmonologist ...Read more

Chest Tube (Definition)

A chest tube (chest drain, thoracic catheter, tube thoracostomy, or intercostal drain) is a flexible plastic tube that is inserted through the chest wall and into the pleural space or mediastinum. It is used to remove air (pneumothorax[2]) or fluid (pleural effusion, blood, chyle), or pus (empyema) from the intrathoracic space. It is also known as a b├╝lau drain ...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