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Doctor insights on: Collapsed Lungs Repair

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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

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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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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What could cause a lung to collapse?

What could cause a lung to collapse?

Injury or luck: Ok, not really luck. Some people are prone to "spontaneous pneumothorax" where the lung collapses on its own. Other reasons include injury, infection. Treatment may include drainage with a tube or even surgery. Treatment options depend on cause, patient symptoms and conditions. More information necessary to properly answer this question. ...Read more

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Why and how does lung collapse?

Why and how does lung collapse?

A few things: There can be multiple causes of lung collapse. The can leak air like a flat tire. This is called a pneumothorax. The airways to different parts of the lung can be plugged causing collapse. This would be pneumonia or atelectasis. ...Read more

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What causes a person's lungs to collapse?

What causes a person's lungs to collapse?

Varies...: Most commonly it is from either trauma that can result in increased pressures in the chest or rib fractures that tear the lung. The other common source is bleb or bullous disease of the lung. Imagine an overinflated balloon ready to pop. Something causes it to have increased pressure and air then leaks out to cause the lung to collapse. Other reasons can include cancer and bad emphysema. ...Read more

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Could I exercise after my lungs collapse?

Could I exercise after my lungs collapse?

Eventually but: Your lungs have to heal first! After healing exercise can usually be readily be resumed. .. unless your exercise involves SCUBA diving or summiting one of the 8km peaks of the world. Nonetheless why not review this with your treating physician about optimally timing. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I exercise after my lungs collapse?

Yes and No: Depending on when, the severity, the mechanism of how your lungs collapse exercise may not be permitted immediately. I would see your doctor that diagnosed you with collapsed lungs and get clearance from them. Good luck. ...Read more

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What occurs when your lungs collapse answer asap please!?

Could be dangerous: If there is a pneumothorax and it is large or you are having symptoms, that can be a medical emergency. If there is "atelectasis, " meaning the lung is full of mucus or being compressed, then that is typically not an emergency. Both of these conditions can be referred to as lung collapse. To answer further, more information is needed. ...Read more

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What can cause a lung to collapse?

What can cause a lung to collapse?

Loss of (-) pressure: A collapsed/punctured lung is serious, as it can progress to tension pneumothorax. Once recognized, a chest tube is placed to release the pressure associated with collapsed lung. Any injury that allows positive pressure from the airways or externally into the negative pressured pleural space will start the lung collapsing. Trauma, needle sticks, rib fx, fluid, spontaneous are common causes. ...Read more

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Pain n back 7mths after lung collapse?

Pain n back 7mths after lung collapse?

Lung collapse: Pain not likelu related to the collapse per se. It could be related to the manner in which it was treated - for example chest tube or operation. That is if you are referring to pneumo thorax, air around the lung causing its collapse. ...Read more

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Had a spontaneous lung collapse, what happens now?

Had a spontaneous lung collapse, what happens now?

Depends: Usually responds to, treatment, including chest tube.
Some have recurrence and need video assisted bleb stapling and mechanical pleural, scarring- called pleurodiesis.
Some individuals may have opposite side issues.
No smoking
regular follow-up. ...Read more

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What might cause a punctured lung in danger of collapse?

What might cause a punctured lung in danger of collapse?

-- pleural pressure: Negative pleural pressure, and puncture in the lung causes air to leaks into plural space resulting pneumothorax or air in plural space, then collapse of lung, even moving contents to other side of chest causing dangerous, tension pneumothorax. ...Read more

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What do doctors do for a collapse lung the won't stay inflated?

What do doctors do for a collapse lung the won't stay inflated?

Surgery: Generally, minimally invasive surgery (vats), inspection of lung for "air leak", staple resection of leaking and/or abnormal region, and pleuradesis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a lung that "leaks" occasionally, but doesn't fully collapse?

Is it possible to have a lung that "leaks" occasionally, but doesn't fully collapse?

Yes: Small spontaneous pneumothoraces are common. Your chest surgeon or pulmonologist may have something to offer to make the lung stick tight to the chest wall. ...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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What are the chances of lung collapse during a biopsy?

What are the chances of lung collapse during a biopsy?

CT is higher: The risk from a ct guided lung biopsy is approximately 25%. Underlying emphysema would make a collapsed lung more likely. Biopsy of a mass resting against the chest wall would be less likely to cause collapse. I am not sure about the discrepancy between the two answers. I do ct guided lung biopsies all the time, and have the same collapse rates as other docs in my group. ...Read more

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Pain in ribs known rt lung collapse tachycardic at times and hbp?

Confused: ... Yet if understood well u had/have a collapsed rt lung (was it chest trauma or spontaneous?). Just the collapsed lung can certainly cause chest wall (rib) pain and also tachycardia. As to high blood pressure at age 17 of yours does not fit the picture. Unfortunately the details you gave are insufficient not to speak that I have not examined you, I hope the collapsed ling was treated. ...Read more

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Can you live if both lungs collapse?

Not for long: Lungs can collapse for various reasons, and can do so completely or partially. Your chances are better the less complete the collapse until you can be treated. ...Read more

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Can holding your breath too long cause your lungs to collapse?

No: It will increase your strength on it but not to collapse. Remember breathing oxygenates holding too much will not help to get more oxygen ...Read more

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Would my spinal fusion cause my lung to collapse?

Would my spinal fusion cause my lung to collapse?

No: I don't believe so but a collapse lung is typical an emergency and needs to be addressed in an emergency room. ...Read more

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Life threatening hayfever - caused lung to collapse, what to do?

Control allergy Sx's: A spontaneous pneumothorax is most common in tall, lanky men in the their late teens who have a "bleb" or "blebs" on their lung tissue. Relating to severe allergy symptoms, the most reasonable scenario in my mind is that sneezing was performed with such intensity that the interthoracic pressures go up precipitously leading to a popped bleb after sneezing and another big drop in chest pressure. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait until you could do physical activity after a lung collapse?

How long do you have to wait until you could do physical activity after a lung collapse?

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. ...Read more

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Why do lungs collapse and what makes them do so? I'm curious since my uncle's lung collapsed a few weeks ago

Why do lungs collapse and what makes them do so? I'm curious since my uncle's lung collapsed a few weeks ago

Collapsed lung: A collapsed lung can occur for many reasons. Most often it's changes in pressure in the thoracic /chest cavity. This can put pressure on the lung causing it to temporary collapse. Causes include infection, trauma or injury as well as neoplasm ...Read more

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After suffering a pneumothorax due to knife wound, why don't both lungs collapse?

THEY ARE: Separated into 2 sides, left and right lung so a puncture wound on one side of the chest will puncture that side's lung only. ...Read more

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I love to workout. I just had a right lung collapse. When and how to start back working out?

Pneumothorax: Generally excellent recovery
saw your other question too

depends on findings, and interventions like chest tube, or vats
smoker
emphysema
age
othe pulmonary diseases
family
be careful for a month or so.
Surgeon will get x-ray to be sure you are expanded and no problem.
Start like a novice and work back to full, program.
Pain-stop
fatigue-rest. ...Read more

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I am terrified of having another lung collapse, I had 3 lung collapses over the course of a month and then a thoracotomy, is it possible to go away?

Yes: Lung collapse occurs due to weak spots. But, thoracic surgery to produce adhesions inside the chest causes the lung to stick to the chest and prevent it from collapsing. The procedure can be done both sides. ...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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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse = rapid prostration. ...Read more