Top 20 Doctor insights on: Punctured lung symptoms and signs
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
My brother had a punctured lung and had a surgery. Since 1 week he is on ventilator still there are no signs of recovery. How much time it will take.?
Most leaks resolve with surgery and tube drainage but it can take 2-3 weeks if the leak is big-
there are some surgical tricks, staples, glue, etc that can be used on the worst leaks.
1. Stop bleeding
2 remove damaged lung tissue
3 save as much lung as possible. ...Read more
What would be the symptoms (aside from labored breathing) of a punctured lung and how could you detect it?
What clinical signs and symptoms would indicate pneumothorax and hemorrhage for a patient with chest tube?
Unsure question: If you already have a chest tube, hemorrhage would generally be indicated by the amount of blood draining to collection system (i.e. Pleuravac). Active air-leak would also be indicated by collection system. Additionally, airleak and/or inadequate drainage may cause subq air. Persistent pneumothorax with chest tube in place would generally be confirmed with a chest x-ray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Negative pressure: You can die from collapsed/punctured lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. First responders, emt and trauma providers are trained to recognize and release the pressure associated with a collapsed lung, to prevent tension pneumothorax. A chest tube is inserted into the space between your lung and chest wall. The tube is put to negative pressure, so lung can re-expand. ...Read more
Pleural catheter: Place a tube to water seal suction in the pleural space. Tube needed may be large or small depending on the amount of air leak. Once the lung is re expanded given no bronchial injury, lung will eventually heal. If persistent air leak that does not resolve in a reasonable time specially if apical blebs or bullae seen on cat scan thorax, blebectomy abrassive/talc pleurodesis may be advised. ...Read more
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ASAP: If the lung is indeed punctured (knife, gun shot wound, broken rib, etc), you need to be in the emergency room asap. Though not all chest wall injuries include lung injury, it is best to be safe and get checked. ...Read more
Evaluation: Serious fall with pulmonary contusion and/or injury needs proper trauma evaluation. Depending on the findings, the individual may require a chest tube. The key to pulmonary injury care/treatment is pulmonary hygiene and appropriate analgesia with procedural interventions as needed to facilitate max lung re-expansion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Short of breath: A person would get short of breath, have a difficult time taking a deep breath, sometimes may have some associated pain from the origin of the lung injury. ...Read more