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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 3 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
Immediate chest tube: A tension pneumothorax is bad and will cause respiratory failure if not corrected in a short time. The best method is to put a tube in the side of the chest with the pneumothorax and suck out the air around the lung. Being on a ventilator makes the condition more dangerous. ...Read more
No.: One can lead to the other, but they are not the same thing. A traumatic pneumothorax is one that occurs from any traumatic injury, as opposed to a spontaneous pneumothrorax. A tension pneumo is a type of pneumothorax that happens with leaking air gets trapped in the chest and pushes on the heart and opposite lung. It is a very serious condition that can cause death. It is luckily fairly rare. ...Read more
What is in the chest: Tension pneumothorax occurs when air under pressure fills the space around the lung. This can compress the heart and impede blood from entering the heart. Hemothorax occurs when blood is filling the space around the lungs. You can have both air and blood in your chest. Both conditions can be dangerous and require management by a physician. ...Read more
Intercostal catheter: Icc stands for intercostal catheter that is used to drain the air out of the chest in case of a tension pneumothorax. This tube is inserted in the space between ribs to reach the inside of chest cavity on the involved side & the other end of this tube is kept under water seal with/without suctioning to completely drain the air out of chest cavity. It is left in place until pneumothorax resolves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: If the collapsed lung (pneumothorax) creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of the heart. This decreases the blood return to the heart. Without adequate blood return, your heart does not have enough blood to pump out to your body. This is called tension pneumothorax. Not all traumatic pneumothoracis cause tension. ...Read more
Can be: Hyperventilation can lead to a respiratory alkalosis by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide that you exhale. When this happens the overall ph of your increases because co2 elimination is linked to the activity of enzymes in your blood that convert hydrogen ions to co2. Even a small pneumothorax may result in a degree of respiratory distress, leading to high breathing rate. ...Read more
Could laughing to the point of hold ur breath cause a tension pneumothorax? I laughed so hard now my chest hurts hist: htn&pcos mild l/s atelectasis
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Colapsed Lung: A pneumothorax occurs when air gets in the the space between the chest wall and the lung. This space should not contain anything. So when air gets in, the lungs have to become smaller. A tension-pneumothorax is when the contents of the chest (heart, lung, collapsed lung) all shift to one side. Typically this is life threatening because blood cannot flow well. We don't always know why this is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the size: Some pneumothoraces will resolve on their own. Larger pneumothoraces require a tube to be placed in the chest to pre-expand the lung. If someone has multiple pneumothoraces they may need a surgical procedure called a pleurodesis to prevent it from happening again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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