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How To Fix A Collapsed Lung
How to fix a collapsed lung in the middle of nowhere? If in a town there is only one doctor and he does not have the fancy equipment how and what can he use to save the person with the collapsed lung?
If : If i were in a location where someone had a collapsed lung, at the very least, betadine, if available, and an 18g angiocath needle would suffice to emergently release air from the pleural space and allow the collapsed lung to reexpand. This is of course merely a temporary maneuver, depending on the size of the injury to the lung. I would only try this maneuver if i had the proper skills and education as to the location of the lung, major blood vessels and after weighing the risks and benefits. But, in the case of do or die, a needle placed in the lateral midaxillary line or two fingers width "south" in relation to the clavicle, should adequately allow a needle to be safely inserted into the pleural space. (hopefully, too, one has a stethoscope to ensure the correct side is treated!). ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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
Size: Smaller collapse often heals. Larger may need drainage. 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 of 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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Yes: A collapsed lung is an emergency and can be life threatening. It should be addressed immediately in the emergency room. If you suspect a collapsed lung call 911. Sometimes small "collapses" of the lung can be minimally symptomatic or asymptomatic. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Yes and Yes: A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) can occur following chest trauma or spontaneously, usually associated with an underlying weakness in the lung (bleb). Left untreated, pressure within the chest cavity can compress the flow of blood to and from the heart, which can be life-threatening. Thankfully, this can be easily treated by placing a chest tube into the affected chest cavity. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Collapsed lung: Did it occur as a result of trauma? Or did it happen spontaneously? Is he a smoker? Smokers can develop emphysema, in which the air sacs coalesce and lung tissue "thins out" making it easy for a sac to burst; if it's on the lung margin, the lung can collapse. Make sure he stops smoking and is not exposed to second-hand smoke. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Bad break: Collapsed lung, or pneumothorax is usually the result of external trauma - car accidents and other causes of i jury. Once in a while, a patient will get a spontaneous pneumothorax. This can be painful and scary. Sometimes there is an identified - and almost always benign - underlying lung abnormality. Sometimes various treatments will be required. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
What causes a collapsed lung? Can this just happen out of the blue or are there specific behaviors or conditions that cause this?
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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