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Treatment For Punctured Lung
Depends % of pnumo: In spontaneous rupture (of bleb), depends on % of pneumothorax, 30% (unilateral)or less could be safely observed. In a tension pnumo which causes displacement of heart results in blockage of venous return to heart results quick demise if chest tube is not placed. Major vascular injury by penetrating (stab) wounds may cause quick death if untreated infection (empyema) is a long term problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Chest tube: A punctured lung will cause what is called a pneumothorax which is when air escapes the lung into the chest wall. If it is very small, the air can resorb on its own without any treatment. However, if it is large or under tension, the air must be evacuated by placing a tube in the space between the lung a chest wall to evacuate the air. ...Read more
Depends on size: Pneumothorax is when air escapes from the lung via a hole in the lung such that air accumulates in the chest cavity and causes the lung to collapse. A small leak will result in a small pneumothorax and may be asymptomatic. A large leak could result in a massive pneumothorax and be very dangerous even fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Other injuries, overall condition, low long lung leaks, all affect length of hospital stay. ...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
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
I am a writer, need medical insight. Scene: youth suffers punctured lung, barbed hook on ship at sea. No modern medicine; none trained. Best response?
What available: Alternatives are to enlarge hole in chest wall to create an open pneumothorax and prevent tension from trapped air, or to create valve type mechanism with some type of tube and flutter valve or water submersion of tube to allow air out of chest cavity but not allow it back in through tube. ...Read more
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