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How Fast Can I Make My Pneumothorax Go Away
Rest!: A lung can take weeks to fully recover from a pneumothorax, depending on the cause, extent, and treatment of it. The primary goal is to 'reinflate' the lung and prevent air from again leaking into the pleural space. This will require rest, and regardless of the severity, caution: having had a pneumothorax increases the likelihood of developing another later in life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pneumothorax: Generally excellent recovery depends on findings, and interventions like chest tube, or vats smoker emphysema othe pulmonary disease family be careful for a month or so. Surgeon will get x-ray to be sure you are expanded and no problem. Start like a novice and work back to full, program. Pain-stop fatigue-rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: Traumatic causes take time to resolve except from a procedure as a needle or iv. We can say people can go back to work few days but to take it easy without much exertion for 2 weeks. Traumatic ones like surgery, or accident or with underlying causes such as blebs or bullae, we have to be more careful and follow the person more closely, after removal of the tube. ...Read more
Air around the lung: There is normally no air in the thin space between the rib cage and the lungs. Normally the negative pressure inside the ribcage keeps the lung inflated with the lung gliding against the cage. The lungs expand as the rib cage moves. If there is a hole in the lung or if there is a stab from the outside to inside of the rib cage, the pressure rises and the lung collapses - a pneumothorax. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Pneumothorax can be spontaneous and occurs 7.4 and 1.2 per 100, 000 in men & women respectively. It also results after trauma, surgery, respirator therapy and needle biopsy of the lung. Some cases are treated conservatively, others require placement of a surgical chest tube for re-expansion of the lung. ...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
Exam and X-ray. : Pneumothorax is first and foremost diagnosed clinically based on symptoms (shortness of breath, increased breathing, oxygen requirement) and by listening to the chest (decreased breath sounds). It should be confirmed by chest x-ray. If a small pneumothorax is present, physical exam is less reliable and a chest x-ray should be done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Close monitoring: Sometimes, a small pneumothorax can be monitored outside of the hospital with daily chest xrays. BUT, this must be coordinated with your doctor because, sometimes, the collapse can become very large all of the sudden. That can be life-threatening. So, very important to coordinate follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
A hole in your lung : Put your fist in a slightly inflated balloon. Your fist is your lung. The balloon represents the lung lining both inner and outer. The space inside is where a small amount of fluid lives. When the outer balloon is punctured by something (broken rib, ect), air pushes down onto your lung, and your lung 'drops'. We place a little tube into that space to re-inflate your lung, allowing healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depending size, the leak can potentially seal in a few days like a scab formation. Full resolution of "small" pneumothorax, without intervention, generally takes up to 10 days. Lung "healing" takes weeks to months. The recovery from surgery is variable depending on techniques and patient specifics. If someone smokes (tobacco or marijuana), the lung continues to be damaged. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on work: As long as you are not breathing hard or lifting heavy objects you may return when breathing is comfortable. Wait 6 weeks at least for healing before anything strenuous and have a follow up x-ray before that time has passed to make sure the lung is fully inflated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: A pneumothorax is a collapse of the lung in the chest space due to air escaping the lung. It can be from penetrating trauma, such as a stab wound or gunshot wound. They also can be complications of procedures, such as removal of fluid from around the lung or placement of a central line. But, many times, it can be from a rupture of a bubble that was present in the lung since birth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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