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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

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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


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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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What is a persistent lung collapse?

What is a persistent lung collapse?

Needs treatment: Persistent pneumothorax needs tube, or expansion by decorticating , and or treatment- stapling of causative blebs. Cardio-thoracic surgery is the discipline to sort out for you. ...Read more

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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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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse = rapid prostration. ...Read more