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Dr. Steven Guyton Dr. Guyton
Surgery - Thoracic
42 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Can a pneumothorax be caused by a deep tissue massage? I went to the ER the day after my massage, the xray discovered the partial lung collapse.

Can a pneumothorax be caused by a deep tissue massage? I went to the ER the day after my massage, the xray discovered the partial lung collapse.

Unlikely: Unlikely that the massage caused the pneumothorax. If a rib was fractured the pain from that would be your major complaint. Possibly bearing down during the massage could rupture a bleb on the lung and cause the pneumothorax. ...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. Loki Skylizard Dr. Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
16 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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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Dr. David Cooke Dr. Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
18 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Why and how does lung collapse?

Why and how does lung collapse?

A few things: There can be multiple causes of lung collapse. The can leak air like a flat tire. This is called a pneumothorax. The airways to different parts of the lung can be plugged causing collapse. This would be pneumonia or atelectasis. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What is a persistent lung collapse?

What is a persistent lung collapse?

Needs treatment: Persistent pneumothorax needs tube, or expansion by decorticating , and or treatment- stapling of causative blebs. Cardio-thoracic surgery is the discipline to sort out for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Cooper Dr. Cooper
Surgery - Thoracic
34 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Pain n back 7mths after lung collapse?

Lung collapse: Pain not likelu related to the collapse per se. It could be related to the manner in which it was treated - for example chest tube or operation. That is if you are referring to pneumo thorax, air around the lung causing its collapse. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard Dr. Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
16 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Can I smoke after minor lung collapse?

Can I smoke after minor lung collapse?

Ill advised: Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax include: smoking (including marijuana). Lung inflammation is also hypothesized to be important. Smokers have increased numbers of inflammatory cells. Studies in patients show degree of inflammation correlates with the extent of emphysematouslike changes (elcs). ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Had a spontaneous lung collapse, what happens now?

Had a spontaneous lung collapse, what happens now?

Depends: Usually responds to, treatment, including chest tube. Some have recurrence and need video assisted bleb stapling and mechanical pleural, scarring- called pleurodiesis. Some individuals may have opposite side issues. No smoking regular follow-up. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter Dr. Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
38 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Has anyone had their lung collapse more than once?

Has anyone had their lung collapse more than once?

Repeat lung collapse: Yes, people have had this happen more than once. It is more likely to happen again if a person is tall and thin, the body type that is risky for this, or if they smoke, or if they have already had it happen twice. Here's a link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001151/. ...Read more

Dr. Loki Skylizard Dr. Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
16 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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How long do you have to wait until you could do physical activity after a lung collapse?

How long do you have to wait until you could do physical activity after a lung collapse?

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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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz Dr. Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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How to prevent another lung collapse?

How to prevent another lung collapse?

Prevention: Need cat scan thorax to assess number, size and location of blebs or bullae.Blebectomy, abrassive/talc pleurodesis most consistent succesfull method forprevention of recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax. Avoid smoking, coughing, diving, skydiving, football tackle, straining, sneezing, rollercoaster rides to include some. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Berkowitz Dr. Berkowitz
Radiology
18 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What are the chances of lung collapse during a biopsy?

What are the chances of lung collapse during a biopsy?

CT is higher: The risk from a ct guided lung biopsy is approximately 25%. Underlying emphysema would make a collapsed lung more likely. Biopsy of a mass resting against the chest wall would be less likely to cause collapse. I am not sure about the discrepancy between the two answers. I do ct guided lung biopsies all the time, and have the same collapse rates as other docs in my group. ...Read more

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Dr. Gabriel Goren Dr. Goren
Surgery
54 years in practice
The Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School
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Pain in ribs known rt lung collapse tachycardic at times and hbp?

Confused: ... Yet if understood well u had/have a collapsed rt lung ( was it chest trauma or spontaneous?). Just the collapsed lung can certainly cause chest wall ( rib) pain and also tachycardia. As to high blood pressure at age 17 of yours does not fit the picture . Unfortunately the details you gave are insufficient not to speak that I have not examined you, i hope the collapsed ling was treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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After suffering a pneumothorax due to knife wound, why don't both lungs collapse?

After suffering a pneumothorax due to knife wound,  why don't both lungs collapse?

THEY ARE: Separated into 2 sides, left and right lung so a puncture wound on one side of the chest will puncture that side's lung only. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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I love to workout. I just had a right lung collapse. When and how to start back working out?

Pneumothorax: Generally excellent recovery saw your other question too depends on findings, and interventions like chest tube, or vats smoker emphysema age othe pulmonary diseases 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 more

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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran Dr. Ravichandran
Surgery - Thoracic
40 years in practice
Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Madras Medical College
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I am terrified of having another lung collapse, i had 3 lung collapses over the course of a month and then a thoracotomy , is it possible to go away?

Yes: Lung collapse occurs due to weak spots. But, thoracic surgery to produce adhesions inside the chest causes the lung to stick to the chest and prevent it from collapsing. The procedure can be done both sides. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Could i get pneumothorax[lung collapse] from smoking?

Could i get pneumothorax[lung collapse] from smoking?

Yes: Yes, but not directly. Most spontaneous pneumothoraces are caused by rupture of blebs, which are located on the surface of the lungs. Smoking can make the blebs grow in size over time, which makes them more susceptible to rupture. ...Read more

Dr. Ernest Block Dr. Block
Surgery - Trauma
31 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Great Question: And I have a better answer: unlike the american bison, most mammals have two separate pleural or lung cavities. If one lung collapses, the problem does not usually affect the other side. This is why bison were easy to hunt. If you hit one side of the chest, both lungs could collapse. The picture shows human anatomy, wish i could also post a bison picture as they are majestic creatures. ...Read more

Dr. Buck Parker Dr. Parker
Surgery
13 years in practice
St Matthew's University
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Can lung collapse result from being punched, even without broken ribs?

Yes: A significant blow to the thorax can produce a pneumothorax without broken ribs. The lung may have a "blow-out", instead of the ribs actually injuring the lung tissue. It may happen with very little trauma if the lung tissue is weak such as in people with COPD or smokers. It can even happen spontaneously sometimes. ...Read more

Dr. Dimitri Novitzky Dr. Novitzky
Surgery - Thoracic
48 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Is there a minimum dept i can dive after getting an exercise induced lung collapse?

Is there a minimum dept i can dive after getting an exercise induced lung collapse?

Diving AND Pneumotho: For each 10 m. you dive the body pressure increases by one atmosphere. In apnea people has reached 70 m. therefore to huge pressures. Constantly equilibrium of the pharynx, middle ear and lungs is required, by doing valsalva maneuvers. On the way up do the opposite. This is for superhumans. If you have a pneumothorax you cannot dive. Have a pulmonologist to assess the lungs, MRI for blebs. 100% cured. If you have cysts, you should not diveand mu ...Read more

Dr. Loki Skylizard Dr. Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
16 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What is the risk of a minimal lung base collapse becoming a full lung collapse? Rt lung base minimal collapse hypertension tachycardic at times

What is the risk of a minimal lung base collapse becoming a full lung collapse?
Rt lung base minimal collapse
hypertension
tachycardic at times

Concerned: Am concerned with 17 year old, "lung collapse", hypertension, tachycardia and arm pain. This needs very careful assessment. If the "collapse" you speak of is a pneumothorax, it would not be described as "asymptomatic". Thus would need further evaluation and potential intervention. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse = rapid prostration. ...Read more