collapsed lungs repair

Can partially collapsed lungs repair themselves?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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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.
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Dr. Savas Mavridis
Thoracic Surgery
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Yes they can, it all depends on the cause of the collapse, the symptoms and the level of collapse. Unfortunately after a colapse and repair the chances of another collapse on the same lung is pretty high. It is important to determine the reason for the collapse. You must see your doctor to determine the reason and discuss your treatment options.
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Is it possible to have a collapsed lung which repairs itself?

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Dr. Romeo A. Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology
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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.
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What should i do to repair my lungs from smoking?

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Dr. Joshua D. Lawson
Radiation Oncology
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Stop smoking

Really the best thing to do is stop smoking- it's about the single worst thing anyone can do for his/her overall health and causes somewhere around 30% of all cancer deaths. If you've already quit, great. Aerobic exercise can also help you improve your overall and cardiopulmonary health.

Angina and Chest Pain

Do's And Don'ts

chest pains can be caused from exercise, a pneumothorax, pleurisy, GERD, or heart problems.

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Dr. Gregory B. Fehr
Emergency Medicine
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Quitting smoking, will my lungs repair themselves over time?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
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Yes, depending on the amount and length exposure (pack years = packs of cigarettes smoked daily divided by the amount of years smoked). Research has shown that lungs of x-smokers are indistinguishable from those of non-smokers 10-15 years after one has quit smoking. The body has the tendency to heal itself.

Please tell me how long it takes for lungs to repair from cigarette smoke?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
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How long

It depend on the time you had use to smoke, some changes could irrevers
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If I give up smoking now at 35, can my lungs be able to repair themselves 100%?

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Dr. Marvin Den
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10 years

About 10 years is the standard answer, as long as no permanent damage was done already
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I recently quit smoking and i have already notice an improvement. how long does it take lungs to repair?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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When one stops smoking, one is able to get out the junk that has been accumulating in the lungs over time, and lung function improves. Any destruction done to lung tissue (e.g. emphysema), however, is permanent. After stopping smoking, the lungs deteriorate at a normal rate rather than the accelerated rate of active smokers, so you have done yourself a big favor by stopping smoking.
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
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on how long and how heavy you were smoking, as well as individual susceptibility to damage, which varies considerably. Some people smoke heavily and do relatively little damage, others smoke much less and get a great deal of damage. In general, the lungs clean themselves out in 3 months or so.
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What do the experts think, should my lungs repair themselves after quitting smoking and how long does it take?

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Dr. Allan Goldstein
Internal Medicine
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Depends on your age, how long you have smoked and whether you have lung disease.
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Had mitral valve repair sugery in august, having shortness of breath, cardiologist said not from heart, if oxygen level it from lungs?

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Dr. Scott M. Goldman
Thoracic Surgery
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Could be

If you had an echo and the valve is ok you could have shortness of breath from the lungs. There is a condition call post pericadiotomy syndrome This is more common in younger patients. It can cause fluid around the heart and lungs. It is self limited. It can be treated with medication. Youd us can also have shortness of breath secondary to the surgery itself. This also gets better with time
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of a person smokeson average a pack a day for ten years is there serious damage to the lungs and if i stop will the lungs repair themselves over time?

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Dr. Mouhammed Rihawi
Internal Medicine
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Yes ,

Damage can always happen , in 2 years your copd risk is similar to normal and in about 15 year risk of lung cancer is minimal
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