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How long can one live (approximately) with a punctured lung if he/she doesn't go to the doctor?

How long can one live (approximately) with a punctured lung if he/she doesn't go to the doctor?

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 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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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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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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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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What do doctors do to a patient who has a punctured lung?

What do doctors do to a patient who has a punctured lung?

Mior surgery: Most cases will resolve with chest tube or small cathetar in 2-5 days, a small percetage pts will require thoracotomy to close it. ...Read more

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What will doctors do when a patient has a punctured lung?

What will doctors do when a patient has a punctured lung?

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

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How long would you be in the hospital with punctured lung?

How long would you be in the hospital with punctured lung?

A few days: Pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung is usually treated by hospitalization. This usually requires that a chest tube be inserted into the chest to reinflate the lung. Recovery time varies, but is usually only a few days. ...Read more

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How long could someone live with a punctured lung before getting to the hospital?

How long could someone live with a punctured lung before getting to the hospital?

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 more

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Someone I know got a punctured lung from the ordeal, how long will his hospital stay be?

Someone I know got a punctured lung from the ordeal, how long will his hospital stay be?

Depends: Other injuries, overall condition, low long lung leaks, all affect length of hospital stay. ...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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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 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 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

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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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Can holding in a sneeze cause a punctured lung?

Can holding in a sneeze cause a punctured lung?

Yes: If you have underlying lung disease like bleb formation you can cause high back pressure back into lung tissue and blow out of ruptured these bleb causing spontaneous pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Friend has punctured lung. His doctor says it has not closed. What is wrong?

Friend has punctured lung. His doctor says it has not closed. What is wrong?

Hasn't healed yet: A punctured lung means there is a hole in the lung. It could be small or big. The hole is like a cut on your finger that needs to heal first. Patience usually heals these but sometimes a small operation is needed instead. ...Read more

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