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Dr. David Dang
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Atelectasis (Definition)

Atelectasis (from greek: ἀτελής, "incomplete" + ἔκτασις, "extension") is defined as the collapse or closure of the lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange. It may affect part or all of one lung. It is a condition where the alveoli are deflated, as distinct from pulmonary consolidation. It is a very common finding in chest xrays which needs to be interpreted in the ...Read more


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Can you get a collapsed lung from too much smoke?

Can you get a collapsed lung from too much smoke?

Depends: As noted, one time exposure to heavy smoke is not likely to result in pneumothorax. The risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. Lung inflammation is hypothesized to play an important role in the lung injury process that predispose. ...Read more

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I found out I have a collapsed lung. Is it possible to heal?

I found out I have a collapsed lung. Is it possible to heal?

Yes: But may have recurrent pneumothorax as an identified risk. No smoking if you mean atelectasis or pneumonia the answer is also yes, but both need followup and x-rays to be as sure as possible, there is no other sneaky problem. ...Read more

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Can i smoke weed with a collapsed lung? Can i smoke weed with 10%of my lung collapsed

Can i smoke weed with a collapsed lung? Can i  smoke weed with 10%of my lung collapsed

Hello. : Hello. This would be an unwise decision. Marijuana contains substances that can act as irritants to the lungs. ...Read more

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If the weed doesn't irrate the collapsed lung then is it ok to smoke? If you don't cough

If the weed doesn't irrate the collapsed lung then is it ok to smoke? If you don't cough

Don't do it: Even without a collapsed lung, marijuana and tobacco smoking are not advised. If you do have a pneumothorax, you should refrain from smoking. Continued smoking could potentially worsen the pneumothorax and is dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a collapsed lung from breathing in too much smoke?

Is it possible for you to get a collapsed lung from breathing in too much smoke?

Depends: People who have blebs or bullae, really tighten their throat or cough hard on smoke inhalation and the pressure can cause the blebs or bullae to pop. You can look for an old study on pneumothorax and marijuana smoking which is likely of same cause. ...Read more

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Is it possible a collapsed lung will heal without a chest tube?

Is it possible a collapsed lung will heal without a chest tube?

Only if very small: Only if very small, and does not get bigger with serial cxr. Air in the pleural space (pneumothorax) gets smaller by 1% every day if the lung is not actively leaking. ...Read more

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How do you help heal a collapsed lung that has been damaged by necrotizing pneumonia and flooding of the lung by blood?

Talk with experts...: In acute stage of lung collapse, usually, chest tube for a few days to help the affected lung expand is essential besides adequate use of antibiotics. After that, healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence and obsession will provide your body with its best possible inside and outside environments to undergo its best possible self-healing. Together, time will tell the story what you can do. ...Read more

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Would a surgeon have to repair a hole in the lung caused by a .222 rifle (that also caused a collapsed lung) or would it heal on its own?

Not absolutely: As long as chest tube drainage, to decompress the pneumothorax and remove blood, was successful, formal exploration would not be necessary. If there's a persistent air leak, or significant or persistent bleeding, then thoracotomy or thoracoscopy would be necessary. Good luck. ...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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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse refers to falling from the upright position to the ground. Circulatory collapse means the blood circulation is failing due to problems such as poor pumping from the heart, low blood volume ...Read more