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How Can I Treat Tension Pneumothorax
Needle Decompression: Tension pneumothorax is one of the few medical emergencies where a life can be saved or lost in a matter of minutes if not recognized early. While diagnosis can be difficult, treatment is a simple, rapid needle decompression of the pleural space by inserting a large bore angiocatheter just above the 3rd rib. With the patient stabilized a larger chest tube is placed until the pneumothorax resolves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is a life threatening condition which occurs when increasing amount of air gets trapped in the pleural space. It results in lung collapse, shifting of trachea, heart and large blood vessels within chest, to the opposite side. This also prevents the blood from returning to the heart. This leads to low blood pressure and death ...Read more
Can be deadly: Tension pneumothorax occurs when pressure builds up in one side of the chest and collapses the lung. This is rapidly fatal and is treated as an emergency. Once it is released, a tube is left in the chest for a few days. After it is removed, people usually recover completely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dangerous condition: A tension pneumothorax occurs when there is a hole and air escapes from the lung into the space between the lung and chest wall and does not go back into the lung. As the air escapes from the lung, the pressure builds up in the space between the lung and chest wall (the pleural space). As the pressure builds "tension"-the high pressure buildup) and it can put pressure on the heart. ...Read more
Tension Pneumothorax: This is a life threatening condition which occurs when increasing amount of air gets trapped in the pleural space. It results in lung collapse, shifting of trachea, heart and large blood vessels within chest, to the opposite side. This also prevents the blood from returning to the heart. This leads to low blood pressure and death if not treated emergently. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Trauma, other: Prior to a tension pneumothorax there is a usually a traumatic event that leaves a hole in the lung and no mechanism for that air to leave. Other causes of tension pneumothorax (spontaneous, emphysema, endometriosis(in the chest), rare genetic causes) are not so predictable... And even most folks with chest trauma don't get one (stab wounds and bullets tend to leave a hole for the air to leave). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: If the pneumothorax creates a lot of pressure/air buildup in the chest, it can compress the veins draining into the heart and cause the heart to stop beating. This is called Tension Pneumothorax, and it is a medical emergency. If not promptly treated, it can cause death. As far as causes, it can be out of nowhere (called spontaneous), or as a complication of a procedure like a central line. ...Read more
Chest pain: Hemothorax and tension pneumothorax will both present with chest pain and shortness of breath. Both can also present with severely low blood pressure. However, this can depend on the amount of blood lost in a hemothorax. Both are considered surgical emergencies and need to be treated. ...Read more
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