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How Can You Heal A Punctured Lung
Many ways: A punctured lung causing a pneumothorax may be treated with small tubes or chest tubes. Occasionally videoassisted thoracic surgery (vats) may be required to seal the puncture with specialized staplers. ...Read more
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
Pleural catheter: Place a tube to water seal suction in the pleural space. Tube needed may be large or small depending on the amount of air leak. Once the lung is re expanded given no bronchial injury, lung will eventually heal. If persistent air leak that does not resolve in a reasonable time specially if apical blebs or bullae seen on cat scan thorax, blebectomy abrassive/talc pleurodesis may be advised. ...Read more
Chest tube: A punctured lung (pneumothorax) from trauma (rib fracture) is likely to cause lung collapse and blood in chest cavity (hemothorax). 1 or several chest-tubes would likely be needed to drain fluid (&blood) and re-inflate the lung using negative pressure (suction on the chest tubes). The chest tubes remain until the lung remains inflated when chest tubes are clamped. ...Read more
Negative pressure: You can die from collapsed/punctured lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. First responders, emt and trauma providers are trained to recognize and release the pressure associated with a collapsed lung, to prevent tension pneumothorax. A chest tube is inserted into the space between your lung and chest wall. The tube is put to negative pressure, so lung can re-expand. ...Read more
Examination: The first line of diagnosis for large pneumothorax is a good history and physical examination (stethoscope). Most smaller pneumothoraces can be diagnosed with good 2 view chest x-ray series. Occasionally, a ct-scan may be necessary. ...Read more
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ASAP: If the lung is indeed punctured (knife, gun shot wound, broken rib, etc), you need to be in the emergency room asap. Though not all chest wall injuries include lung injury, it is best to be safe and get checked. ...Read more
Evaluation: Serious fall with pulmonary contusion and/or injury needs proper trauma evaluation. Depending on the findings, the individual may require a chest tube. The key to pulmonary injury care/treatment is pulmonary hygiene and appropriate analgesia with procedural interventions as needed to facilitate max lung re-expansion. ...Read more
Short of breath: A person would get short of breath, have a difficult time taking a deep breath, sometimes may have some associated pain from the origin of the lung injury. ...Read more
I am a writer, need medical insight. Scene: youth suffers punctured lung, barbed hook on ship at sea. No modern medicine; none trained. Best response?
What available: Alternatives are to enlarge hole in chest wall to create an open pneumothorax and prevent tension from trapped air, or to create valve type mechanism with some type of tube and flutter valve or water submersion of tube to allow air out of chest cavity but not allow it back in through tube. ...Read more
Mior surgery: Most cases will resolve with chest tube or small cathetar in 2-5 days, a small percetage pts will require thoracotomy to close it. ...Read more
Chest tube: A punctured lung will cause what is called a pneumothorax which is when air escapes the lung into the chest wall. If it is very small, the air can resorb on its own without any treatment. However, if it is large or under tension, the air must be evacuated by placing a tube in the space between the lung a chest wall to evacuate the air. ...Read more
Depends on size: Pneumothorax is when air escapes from the lung via a hole in the lung such that air accumulates in the chest cavity and causes the lung to collapse. A small leak will result in a small pneumothorax and may be asymptomatic. A large leak could result in a massive pneumothorax and be very dangerous even fatal. ...Read more
Depends: Other injuries, overall condition, low long lung leaks, all affect length of hospital stay. ...Read more
My brother had a punctured lung and had a surgery.Since 1 week he is on ventilator still there are no signs of recovery.How much time it will take.?
Most leaks resolve with surgery and tube drainage but it can take 2-3 weeks if the leak is big-
there are some surgical tricks, staples, glue, etc that can be used on the worst leaks.
1. Stop bleeding
2 remove damaged lung tissue
3 save as much lung as possible. ...Read more
Hasn't healed yet : A punctured lung means there is a hole in the lung. It could be small or big. The hole is like a cut on your finger that needs to heal first. Patience usually heals these but sometimes a small operation is needed instead. ...Read more
Depends % of pnumo: In spontaneous rupture ( of bleb ), depends on % of pneumothorax, 30% ( unilateral )or less could be safely observed. In a tension pnumo which causes displacement of heart results in blockage of venous return to heart results quick demise if chest tube is not placed. Major vascular injury by penetrating (stab) wounds may cause quick death if untreated infection(empyema) is a long term problem. ...Read more
What would be the symptoms (aside from labored breathing) of a punctured lung and how could you detect it?
Yes: Yes, but it is not likely to be successful. As the one lung fills, blood will spill into the other lung, and you will not be able to oxygenate the patient at all. Even putting in a breathing tube will only give limited protection. You need to control the bleeding, which is difficult in that situation. ...Read more
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