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I had a collapsed lung 3 weeks ago, now again I have the pain in my back that I had before treatment, can it be the lung collapsing again, thank you?

I had a collapsed lung 3 weeks ago, now again I have the pain in my back that I had before treatment, can it be the lung collapsing again, thank you?

Could be: Are you having trouble breathing, if so you may have a recurrence of spontaneous pneumothorax. Visit your nearest emergency room and enroll in programs to help you quit smoking. As long your you smoke, you will always be at risk for spontaneous pneumothoraces.

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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Collapsed lunghad markers placed in liver 3 weeks ago had collapsed lung, treatment chest tube, could it reoccur?

Collapsed lunghad markers placed in liver 3 weeks ago had collapsed lung, treatment chest tube, could it reoccur?

Unlikely: If due to the test and needles, it is unlikely to recur. Spontaneous pneumo does have a significant spontaneous recurrence rate.

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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.

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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

Open lungs up: Atelectasis of lung means there is no air iin a portion of lung. This occurs if a branch of the bronchi leading to that part of the lung is blocked by mucous/phlegm or even a foreign body (like an aspirated piece of food for example). Often use of cough, bronchodilators can open bronchi up and clear phlegm or a bronchoscope can be used to suction it out.

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I have a partially collapsed lung. I have had two xrays since, no improvement. What will happen if I don't get the tube to help it re-inflate?

Could get worse: A simple collapsed lung, also known as a pneumothorax, can turn into a life-threatening condition called a tension pneumothorax. This can be a sudden event that rapidly progresses to death.

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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.

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Could I fly with a partially collapsed lung?

Could be risky: It depends on the type of "collapsed lung" that you have. But, when flying, there are definite pressure changes that can affect a collapsed lung. So, I would make sure it is ok with your doctor.

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Why has my partially collapsed lung remained?

Why has my partially collapsed lung remained?

Collapsed lung: Depends on the cause of the collapse. Many time lung gets trapped and collapsed, and requires decortication to allow expansion.

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Could chest pain now be related to a fall 3 months ago that led to a partially collapsed lung?

Yes: Possibilities include incomplete healing, or recurrent partial collapse, or the onset of arthritis due to the injury. It could also be something completely unrelated; heart diseases could be the cause for example. Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider.

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Is there risk of flying with a partially collapsed lung?

Is there risk of flying with a partially collapsed lung?

YES: I agree with dr. Siegel. Air travel, skydiving, high altitude travel, scuba diving with an unresolved pneumothorax is dangerous. There are different specifics to each patient. It is important you discuss your pneumothorax with your thoracic surgeon and seek guidance and instructions for safe activities.

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Will a partially collapsed lung re inflate itself over time?

Maybe it will: A partially collapsed lung is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and the ribs. The site of the leak has some damage, which will heal itself later. If only a very small amount of air leaked into the chest cavity, that air might go away (reabsorbed by the body) without treatment, and the lung will re-inflate.

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What happens if you try to fly with a partially collapsed lung?

SOB: Shortness of breath can occur if you do not have proper lung capacity and you fly at high altitudes without proper pressurization.

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My 4 year old has a partially collapsed lung due to infection. I forgot to ask her consultant if she is able to fly. Could anyone advise?

My 4 year old has a partially collapsed lung due to infection. I forgot to ask her consultant if she is able to fly. Could anyone advise?

Generally yes: If there is neither fluid nor air, and collapse is purely incomplete inspiration and or atelectasis, generally safe to fly. If we are to understand your question to be "collapse" by fluid and/or atelectasis, generally that is not the same hazard to air travel as a pneumothorax, "collapse" by air.

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Cough for about 30 days, Chest x ray revealed partially collapsed lung (about 20%). Just finished azithromycin. PA at urgent care says I can fly?

Hard to say: The general recommendations is to wait 2 weeks after pneumothorax is stable but when did you get pneumothorax? How along ago was the X-ray?

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Collapsed lung recovery?

Collapsed lung recovery?

Patience: 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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Can you die from a collapsed lung?

Can you die from a collapsed lung?

Tension pneumothorax: 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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How does the dr fix a collapsed lung?

How does the dr fix a collapsed lung?

Find out the cause: 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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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

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Atelectasis (Definition)

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