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Collapsed Lungs Repair
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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