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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

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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Can one have small collapsed lung with few symptoms. Could this spontaneous collapse be deadly? Some studies say that progression to tension is rare.

Can one have small collapsed lung with few symptoms. Could this spontaneous collapse be deadly? Some studies say that progression to tension is rare.

Lung collapse: Unlikely. Pain and shortness of breath. Spontaneous pneumothorax would be rare at your age. Exertion related in your age group. Better to just go get a chest x-ray ...Read more

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How long after a collapsed lung can you fly?

How long after a collapsed lung can you fly?

It depends: Patients should discuss their specific circumstances with their physician. It depends on the cause and/or associated abnormality/disease of a patient's lung. Pneumothorax may be caused by chest trauma or from abnormalities in the lung tissue itself. Sometimes, it is recommended that surgery be performed to remove abnormal areas of lung tissue. Discuss with thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly after a collapsed lung?

Is it safe to fly after a collapsed lung?

Collapsed lung: Flying after a collapse lung is safe depending on the following:
1. You must usually wait at least 6 weeks
2. It depends on whether you are flying commercial or general aviation. If the later, it depends on how high you plan to fly.
3. It depends on how the lung collapse was treated and how effective the treatment was.
4. It depends on whether you have underlying lung disease. ...Read more

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When to fly after collapsed lung?

When to fly after collapsed lung?

Discuss MD: Until surgical evaluation and/or treatment, refrain from flying and scuba. With guidance/instructions from your surgeon, it is generally safe to travel by commercial airline after your pneumothorax is fully resolved (~4weeks). If your lung is currently "collapsed", i.e. Your pneumothorax has not resolved, you should refrain from air travel, skydiving, high altitude travel, and scuba diving. ...Read more

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Could I fly with a partially collapsed lung?

Could be risky: It depends on the type of "collapsed lung" that you have. But, when flying, there are definite pressure changes that can affect a collapsed lung. So, I would make sure it is ok with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the risk of flying with a collapsed lung?

What is the risk of flying with a collapsed lung?

Speak with physician: As noted, air trapped outside your lung but inside your chest can expand with increasing altitude. This can potentially be rapidly fatal. Your thoracic surgeon should provide guidance to safe and appropriate activities. ...Read more

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Is there risk of flying with a partially collapsed lung?

Is there risk of flying with a partially collapsed lung?

YES: I agree with dr. Siegel. Air travel, skydiving, high altitude travel, scuba diving with an unresolved pneumothorax is dangerous. There are different specifics to each patient. It is important you discuss your pneumothorax with your thoracic surgeon and seek guidance and instructions for safe activities. ...Read more

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What happens if you try to fly with a partially collapsed lung?

What happens if you try to fly with a partially collapsed lung?

SOB: Shortness of breath can occur if you do not have proper lung capacity and you fly at high altitudes without proper pressurization. ...Read more

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Can I fly with a collapsed lung?

Can I fly with a collapsed lung?

Probably: Air cabins are pressurized nowadays and usually people with minor lung problems can fly fine. If your condition is unstable or if you require oxygen, you may need to consult with your doctor or even a lung specialist (pulmonologist) before you do so. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a partially collapsed lung due to infection. I forgot to ask her consultant if she is able to fly. Could anyone advise?

My 4 year old has a partially collapsed lung due to infection. I forgot to ask her consultant if she is able to fly. Could anyone advise?

Generally yes: If there is neither fluid nor air, and collapse is purely incomplete inspiration and or atelectasis, generally safe to fly. If we are to understand your question to be "collapse" by fluid and/or atelectasis, generally that is not the same hazard to air travel as a pneumothorax, "collapse" by air. ...Read more

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Cough for about 30 days, Chest x ray revealed partially collapsed lung (about 20%). Just finished azithromycin. PA at urgent care says I can fly?

Hard to say: The general recommendations is to wait 2 weeks after pneumothorax is stable but when did you get pneumothorax? How along ago was the X-ray? ...Read more

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Doctors, can my husband ride rollercoasters after a collapsed lung?

Doctors, can my husband ride rollercoasters after a collapsed lung?

Timing: If your lung is currently "collapsed", i.e. Your pneumothorax has not resolved, you should wait until recovered. It is generally safe to engage in regular activities if pneumothorax is fully resolved, with guidance/instructions from your thoracic surgeon. However, until surgical evaluation and/or treatment, limit activities accordingly. ...Read more

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Could you have long term side effects after a collapsed lung at birth?

Could you have long term side effects after a collapsed lung at birth?

Yes: There are a series of associated items. Including lung and diaphragm.
The lung may have anomalies, or failure to expand completely. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol after a collapsed lung?

Is it safe to drink alcohol after a collapsed lung?

Not usual: Alcohol does not generally have direct impact on pneumothorax per se. However, over all care may be impacted. If your pneumothorax is being treated, you may be on medications that should not mix with alcohol. If your pneumothorax is being observed for worsening or recurrence, you should not drink as may mask your symptoms. Discuss with your thoracic surgeon your case specifics. ...Read more

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Collapsed lung recovery?

Collapsed lung recovery?

Patience: Chest tube drainage/evacuation will often resolve pressure imbalance instantly. The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potentially seal in just a few days (like a scab). The lung tissue takes longer to fully heal, depending on type of injury. If from trauma, associated chest wall injury (rib fractures, etc...) as well as chest tube site may take weeks to months to heal. ...Read more

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Is a collapsed lung bad?

Is a collapsed lung bad?

Yes: A collapsed lung means that the lung cannot do it's job, bringing oxygen into the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide. ...Read more

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How bad is a collapsed lung?

Bad: Pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, hydropneumothorax and atelectasis all emcompass conditions where a lung is "collapsed." in atelectasis, the lung is not aerated because alveoli are not expanded. This is usually an issue internal to the airways. The rmainder are due to something outside the actual lung parenchyma - compressing the lung. All are bad, so talk to your doc. ...Read more

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How can I cure a collapsed lung

How can I cure a collapsed lung

Need more info: "collapsed" lung is a term that can mean several different things. Collapsed lung can mean a pneumothorax which is treated with a chest tube, or a collapsed lung can mean an obstructed bronchus which is treated, when possible, by removing the obstruction. ...Read more

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What can cause a collapsed lung?

What can cause a collapsed lung?

Multiple: External and internal. External causes are trauma, diagnostic procedures, etc. Internal factors deal with an increase in pressure in the lung, causing rupture of a pre- existing issue (pulmonary bleb). Pressure increases can be a cough, sneeze, or being on a ventilator. Air leaves the lung or enters the chest through a defect, causing collapse of the lung. ...Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

The collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads ...Read more


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Atelectasis (Definition)

Collapse of a lung or part of a lung from ...Read more