Top 20 Doctor insights on: Punctured lung symptoms and signs

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What are the symptoms of a punctured lung?

What are the symptoms of a punctured lung?

Chest pain: Chest pain upon inspiration (pleuritic chest pain), shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, chest tightness, rapid breathing rate, bluish color of skin if severe. ...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


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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.?

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.?

By what?: Gunshgt?
Knife
spontaneous?

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.
Some items:
1. Stop bleeding
2 remove damaged lung tissue
3 save as much lung as possible. ...Read more

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What would be the symptoms (aside from labored breathing) of a punctured lung and how could you detect it?

What would be the symptoms (aside from labored breathing) of a punctured lung and how could you detect it?

Pain: Pneumothorax may occur in some young folks, or in older persons with copd.
Sudden pain, shortness of breath
may feel air in the soft tissue -crepitance, and or sore throat.
Medical exam and x-ray to confirm and guide treatments. ...Read more

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What clinical signs and symptoms would indicate pneumothorax and hemorrhage for a patient with chest tube?

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 more

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How can you heal a punctured lung?

How can you heal a punctured lung?

Many ways: A punctured lung causing a pneumothorax may be treated with small tubes or chest tubes. Occasionally videoassisted thoracic surgery (vats) may be required to seal the puncture with specialized staplers. ...Read more

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How would you treat a punctured lung?

How would you treat a punctured lung?

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

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What is the risk of a punctured lung?

What is the risk of a punctured lung?

Death: Death. A punctured lung is a medical emergency and requires emergency treatment. If you are concerned, call 911. ...Read more

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Could a punctured lung cause instant death?

Could a punctured lung cause instant death?

Maybe not instant: A punctured lung might not cause death instantly, but immediate medical attention is needed so that death does not occur at all. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a punctured lung?

How can you tell if you have a punctured lung?

Examination: The first line of diagnosis for large pneumothorax is a good history and physical examination (stethoscope). Most smaller pneumothoraces can be diagnosed with good 2 view chest x-ray series. Occasionally, a ct-scan may be necessary. ...Read more

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How do you heal a collapsed and punctured lung?

How do you heal a collapsed and punctured lung?

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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How quickly does a punctured lung need to be treated?

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

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How do you tell if you have a punctured lung and need help?

How do you tell if you have a punctured lung and need help?

X-ray needed: An x-ray is needed to diagnose a punctured lung. It may require surgery for repair. ...Read more

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Bad fall resulted in a punctured lung, what is the proper procedure for this?

Bad fall resulted in a punctured lung, what is the proper procedure for this?

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 more

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How could you detect a punctured lung in ambulance?

How could you detect a punctured lung in ambulance?

X-ray needed: An x-ray is needed to diagnose a punctured lung. It may require surgery for repair. ...Read more

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How will a punctured lung affect a person's breathing?

How will a punctured lung affect a person's breathing?

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

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What might cause a punctured lung in danger of collapse?

What might cause a punctured lung in danger of collapse?

-- pleural pressure: Negative pleural pressure, and puncture in the lung causes air to leaks into plural space resulting pneumothorax or air in plural space, then collapse of lung, even moving contents to other side of chest causing dangerous, tension pneumothorax. ...Read more