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Approximately how long will you live with a collapsed lung?

Approximately how long will you live with a collapsed lung?

Collapse lung: A collapsed lung can kill you very quickly if it is from a leak in the lung that doesnt seal and causes a tension pneumothorax. Alternatively a partial collapse of a lung can be tolerated well and may never cause death. In fact this was a form a treatment for tuberculosis in the past. ...Read more

Dr. David Dang
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Atelectasis (Definition)

Atelectasis (from greek: ἀτελής, "incomplete" + ἔκτασις, "extension") is defined as the collapse or closure of the lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange. It may affect part or all of one lung. It is a condition where the alveoli are deflated, as distinct from pulmonary consolidation. It is a very common finding in chest xrays which needs to be interpreted in the ...Read more


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How long does it take to recover from a partial collapsed lung?

How long does it take to recover from a partial collapsed lung?

Patience: The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potentially seal in just a few days (like a scab). The lung tissue takes longer to fully heal, depending on type and extent of initial injury. If from trauma, associated chest wall injury (rib fractures, etc...) as well as chest tube site may take weeks to months to heal. ...Read more

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How long after a collapsed lung can you fly?

How long after a collapsed lung can you fly?

It depends: Patients should discuss their specific circumstances with their physician. It depends on the cause and/or associated abnormality/disease of a patient's lung. Pneumothorax may be caused by chest trauma or from abnormalities in the lung tissue itself. Sometimes, it is recommended that surgery be performed to remove abnormal areas of lung tissue. Discuss with thoracic surgeon. ...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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I've a collapsed lung but not a very bad one how long would it take to fully repair it self I'm resting 24/7 mainly it's just a small air leakage ?

I've a collapsed lung but not a very bad one how long would it take to fully repair it self I'm resting 24/7 mainly it's just a small air leakage ?

Several days: A small pneumothorax usually resolves in 3-5 days. If you have chest tightness or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention. These would be symptoms that the pneumothorax is getting worse which can be a life-threatening situation requiring placement of a chest tube. ...Read more

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Could you have long term side effects after a collapsed lung at birth?

Could you have long term side effects after a collapsed lung at birth?

Yes: There are a series of associated items.Including lung and diaphragm. The lung may have anomalies, or failure to expand completely. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a collapsed lung to cause respiratory failure?

Lung collapse: If you are otherwise young and healthy, respiratory failure will not occur. In general, it depends on the degree of collapse, duration, and whether you have other underlying lung disease in the non collapse lung. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a collapsed lung to cause respiratory failure ?

How long is it supposed to it take for a collapsed lung to cause respiratory failure ?

Tension rapid: 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. If the pressure is not released, this is rapidly fatal. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a collapsed lung and get back into playing sports?

How long does it take to recover from a collapsed lung and get back into playing sports?

4-6wk: Usually, around 4-6wks. Depending cause of "collapsed lung" (pneumothorax). Spontaneous pneumothorax first recurrence rates depending on type ranges 20-40+%. Depending activity/lifestyle and cause (if one found), you may require surgical intervention / vats pleurodesis to prevent/decrease risk of further recurrence. ...Read more

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I got a spontanous collapsed lung a week ago. I want to know how long would it take so i can go back to normal and play soccer?

I got a spontanous collapsed lung a week ago. I want to know how long would it take so i can go back to normal and play soccer?

4-6wk: Usually, around 4-6wks. Depending cause of "collapsed lung" (pneumothorax). Spontaneous pneumothorax first recurrence rates depending on type ranges 20-40+%. Depending activity/lifestyle and cause (if one found), you may require surgical intervention / vats pleurodesis to prevent/decrease risk of further recurrence. ...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


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse refers to falling from the upright position to the ground. Circulatory collapse means the blood circulation is failing due to problems such as poor pumping from the heart, low blood volume ...Read more