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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. Romeo Mandanas
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
32 years in practice
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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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Board Certified, Surgical Oncology
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I've a collapsed lung but not a very bad one how long would it take to fully repair it self I'm resting 24/7 mainly it's just a small air leakage ?

I've a collapsed lung but not a very bad one how long would it take to fully repair it self I'm resting 24/7 mainly it's just a small air leakage ?

Several days: A small pneumothorax usually resolves in 3-5 days. If you have chest tightness or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention. These would be symptoms that the pneumothorax is getting worse which can be a life-threatening situation requiring placement of a chest tube. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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Would a surgeon have to repair a hole in the lung caused by a .222 rifle (that also caused a collapsed lung) or would it heal on its own?

Would a surgeon have to repair a hole in the lung caused by a .222 rifle (that also caused a collapsed lung) or would it heal on its own?

Not absolutely: As long as chest tube drainage, to decompress the pneumothorax and remove blood, was successful, formal exploration would not be necessary. If there's a persistent air leak, or significant or persistent bleeding, then thoracotomy or thoracoscopy would be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What is more urgent to repair: a severely leaking tricuspid valve (in a congestive heart) or a decortification of a right lung partially collapsed?

What is more urgent to repair: a severely leaking tricuspid valve (in a congestive heart) or a decortification of a right lung partially collapsed?

Depends: That really depends on the variables - impossible to make a global statement. It would be really nice if some talented surgeon could do both at the same operation. Never have seen it, but it's worth investigating. Don't be put off if the first surgeon you ask says, no. It would be an unusual request. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Board Certified, Urgent Care
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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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Dr. Matthew Hennig
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
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Can u smoke if your lungs have collapsed previously?

Can u smoke if your lungs have collapsed previously?

Real Physicians: No. We really are physicians here. Not one of us is going to give you permission to smoke. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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My lungs recently collapsed about 3 months ago can I smoke?

My lungs recently collapsed about 3 months ago can I smoke?

You may BUT: You should Not!! Inflammation, bronchitis, emphysema, poor cilia action and pneumothorax are all related to smoking. AND heart disease and lung cancer! ...Read more

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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


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