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How hard to breathe with a collapsed lung.?

How hard to breathe with a collapsed lung.?

Depends: Difficutly in breathing can vary significantly depending on: degree of collapse or how much functional lung is compromised. How functional the remaining lung is.(is there already underlying lung disease?) cause of collapse and associated chest wall problems. Air, fluid or blood around the lung or an airway blockage. So, it can be symptom free or life threatening. ...Read more

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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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Never have enough air in my lungs to take a real deep breath. Could this be COPD or lung cancer?

Never have enough air in my lungs to take a real deep breath. Could this be COPD or lung cancer?

Deep breath: Not likely. However, if this is a persistent problem, you should have a chest x-ray to start and see your physician. ...Read more

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What would cause a collapsed lung to not stay inflated?

What would cause a collapsed lung to not stay inflated?

Collapsed Lung: An obstruction inside the airway may prevent expansion. Alternatively, the lung or the lining around the lung could be inflamed or scarred. ...Read more

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Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

No: Holding one's breath a long time is not a known risk factor for collapsing a lung. The risk factors are smoking, and having lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive lung problems, etc... Also, a person who has had one spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is at higher risk for having another pneumothorax. ...Read more

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How can you restore a punctured pleural cavity with a collapsed lung?

How can you restore a punctured pleural cavity with a collapsed lung?

Wound healing: Like any wound, there is healing. We try to normalize the presses and allow wound healing in the process to enable breathing. ...Read more

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How long oy a surgery to take a lung out with lung cancer?

How long oy a surgery to take a lung out with lung cancer?

Depends: The surgery would depend on several individual factors. Anatomy and tumor location can significantly alter the difficulty of the surgery. ...Read more

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Can you get a collapsed lung from someone squeezing you too hard in the rib area?

Can you get a collapsed lung from someone squeezing you too hard in the rib area?

Yes: The actual act of squeezing might not be a problem, but a broken rib as a result of squeezing could cause a pneumothorax if the rib puncrured the lung. ...Read more

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How can you give breaths with a bag valve mask to a patient on a ventilator that has stopped breathing?

How can you give breaths with a bag valve mask to a patient on a ventilator that has stopped breathing?

Breaths: The bag is attached to the endo tracheal tube or tracheostomy if those devices are in place. If endo tracheal tube positioning is uncertain, it can be removed and the mask then covers the nose and mouth. ...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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How does a collapsed windpipe or lung lead to death?

How does a collapsed windpipe or lung lead to death?

Tension: If the collapsed lung (pneumothorax) creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of 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. This is rapidly fatal. ...Read more

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How to tell if pulmonary aspiration? I forced liquid down the wrong hole and chest is a little tight, coughing up mucus. can breathe but worried. GP?

How to tell if pulmonary aspiration? I forced liquid down the wrong hole and chest is a little tight, coughing up mucus. can breathe but worried. GP?

Aspiration: You may have aspirated some liquid causing that reaction. At this time, since you're not showing major signs such as respiratory distress, fever, sharp chest pain on inspiration(pleurisy), wheezing or uncontrollable coughing, I would simply continue to observe for those adverse signs and call your physician if any of them develop. ...Read more

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Does having emphysema make it harder for me to live on a breathing machine?

Does having emphysema make it harder for me to live on a breathing machine?

Yes: Emphysema can make it harder to live without a breathing machine. If you get intubated, may be impossible to be weaned off depending on severity. Also affects mechanics of breathing while on ventilator. ...Read more

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Smoker. Causing mucus in lungs. Making it difficult to breath. Will have coughing episodes. What can this be? On chantix.

Smoker. Causing mucus in lungs. Making it difficult to breath. Will have coughing episodes. What can this be? On chantix.

Smoking: Smokers are prone to lung irritations and infections like bronchitis, which produces mucus and coughing. Hoping your Chantix helps you quit smoking -- your lungs are likely to be healthier when you do. ...Read more

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Can someone recover from a pulmonary hemorrhage with Staph infection?Currently hooked up to breathing tube to help him breath. Any hope in recovering

Can someone recover from a pulmonary hemorrhage with Staph infection?Currently hooked up to  breathing tube to help him breath. Any hope in recovering

Yes: This is a very serious condition, but recovery is possible. Prognosis is largely dependent on health prior to succumbing to infection and, of course, response to antibiotic treatment and the ability to provide ventilation/resolve hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a collapsed lung from breathing in too much smoke?

Is it possible for you to get a collapsed lung from breathing in too much smoke?

Depends: People who have blebs or bullae, really tighten their throat or cough hard on smoke inhalation and the pressure can cause the blebs or bullae to pop. You can look for an old study on pneumothorax and marijuana smoking which is likely of same cause. ...Read more

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Will i be able to feel a lung tumor?

Will i be able to feel a lung tumor?

Usually not: One of the problems with lung tumors is that in the early growth, they cause no symptoms and so can get quite large in some cases before detection. The most common early symptoms are chronic coughing, frequent infections and coughing up blood. ...Read more

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What if my collasped lung dosent reinflate only one lobe collasped will the lung rot and cause trouble?

What if my collasped lung dosent reinflate  only one lobe collasped will the lung rot and cause trouble?

No: With the correct treatment no lung/lobe will remain permanently compressed. And lungs do not rot. ...Read more

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Steam danger to the lungs.i read that if u inhale steam it can burn your lung away makn it harder to breathIt feltharder to breath after I inhaled it.

Steam danger to the lungs.i read that if u inhale steam it can burn your lung away makn it harder to breathIt feltharder to breath after I inhaled it.

Possible: Yes, steam that is at a certain temperature can damage the lungs, but this would be from a boiler or something like that. Steam from a vaporizer should not damage your lungs. ...Read more

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Can you restore a collapsed lung without a chest tube?

Can you restore a collapsed lung without a chest tube?

Only small ones.: Collapsed lungs ("pneumothorax") are very common after trauma and make occur spontaneously, often due to small blebs on the lung. In the era of ct scans, we find many, many pneumothoraces that would have been way too small to be seen on traditional chest x-ray. If it is small (~15-20%) and not associated with shortness of breath, a repeat x-ray will show resolution w/o rx most of the time. ...Read more

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How hard to breathe with a collapsed lung.?

Depends: Difficutly in breathing can vary significantly depending on: degree of collapse or how much functional lung is compromised. How functional the remaining lung is.(is there already underlying lung disease?) cause of collapse and associated chest wall problems. Air, fluid or blood around the lung or an airway blockage. So, it can be symptom free or life threatening. ...Read more

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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

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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