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Dr. Paul J. Dorio answered:

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?

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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!)
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Dr. Gutti J. Rao answered:

How does the dr fix a collapsed lung?

Find out the cause

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Need to find the cause first for the collapse-pleural effusion, pneumothorax, endobronchial tumor--etc. appropriate intervention depending on the cause
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Dr. Loki Skylizard answered:

What are the odds for a collapsed lung to fix itself?

Size

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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.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard answered:

Collapsed lung recovery?

Patience

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Chest tube drainage/evacuation will often resolve pressure imbalance instantly. 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.
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Is a collapsed lung bad?

Yes

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A collapsed lung means that the lung cannot do it's job, bringing oxygen into the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide
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Dr. Jon P. Spiers answered:

How bad is a collapsed lung?

Bad

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Pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, hydropneumothorax and atelectasis all emcompass conditions where a lung is "collapsed." In atelectasis, the lung is not aerated because alveoli are not expanded. This is usually an issue internal to the airways. The rmainder are due to something outside the actual lung parenchyma - compressing the lung. ALL ARE BAD, so talk to your doc.
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how can I cure a collapsed lung

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"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.
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can I fly with a collapsed lung?

Probably

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Air cabins are pressurized nowadays and usually people with minor lung problems can fly fine. If your condition is unstable or if you require oxygen, you may need to consult with your doctor or even a lung specialist (pulmonologist) before you do so.
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Dr. Peter J. Lydon answered:

When to fly after collapsed lung?

At least a week

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the puncture in the lung needs to fully seal before you fly. Usually a week is fine.
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Dr. Tracy A. Berg answered:

Can you die from a collapsed lung?

Tension pneumothorax

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You can die from collapsed lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. Eventually, the pressure will collapse your other lung and vessels. Untreated, death will occur. First responders, EMT and trauma providers are trained to recognize and release the pressure associated with a collapsed lung, to prevent tension pneumothorax.
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