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Dr. John Lipman
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What does it feel like to breathe if you have a collapsed lung?

Dr. John Lipman
Board Certified, Radiology
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What does it feel like to breathe if you have a collapsed lung?

Usu short of breath: Collapsed lung (pneumothorax) if tiny will not cause noticable symptoms. If large, can cause shortness of breath, pain when taking a deep breath. Seen in tall thin pts, chest trauma (or lung/chest biopsy), smokers (emphysema). If tiny no treatment. If larger, a needle can suck out air and can manage as oupt with f/u chest xray. If very large, thin tube placed and suction overnight, f/u chest xray. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. James Krick
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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


Dr. William Nyman
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How hard to breathe with a collapsed lung.?

Dr. William Nyman
Board Certified, Radiology
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How hard to breathe with a collapsed lung.?

Depends: Difficutly in breathing can vary significantly depending on: degree of collapse or how much functional lung is compromised. How functional the remaining lung is.(is there already underlying lung disease?) cause of collapse and associated chest wall problems. Air, fluid or blood around the lung or an airway blockage. So, it can be symptom free or life threatening. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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I have had chest pain and a lot shortness of breath. It hurts to breathe. I haven't been Ill or been injured lately Collapsed lung?

Dr. Carlo Hatem
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I have had chest pain and a lot shortness of breath. It hurts to breathe. I haven't been Ill or been injured lately Collapsed lung?

Possible: if this happened suddenly, if you have had a collapsed lung before. Have it checked, you might need a CXR ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

No: Holding one's breath a long time is not a known risk factor for collapsing a lung. The risk factors are smoking, and having lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive lung problems, etc... Also, a person who has had one spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is at higher risk for having another pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Pain under ribs in my right backside, shortness of breath, hurts to take deep breath. Concerned it might be collapsed lung?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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Pain under ribs in my right backside, shortness of breath, hurts to take deep breath. Concerned it might be collapsed lung?

Chest pain: Go get checked by doctor, lots of possibilities, that is one of them. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Should i be concerned if my CT scan of my lungs shows mild bibasilar gravity dependent atelectasis. Reason is shortness of breath.?

Dr. Bennett Werner
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No: If you take a few good deep breaths, you'll eliminate it. If cts were free and had no radiation dose, you could prove this by taking a few deep breaths and repeating your scan. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Dr. Justin Greiwe
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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl

Dr. Justin Greiwe
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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl

Poor Asthma Control: Sounds like you have a history of poorly controlled asthma. With 4 months of worsening cough and atelectasis on CXR I would recommend seeing a physician who specializes in managing asthma like an allergist or pulmonologist if not already done so in order to get better control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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How does it really feel when you get a part of your lung removed from a thoracotomy procedure due to pneumothorax? Do you feel short of breath?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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How does it really feel when you get a part of your lung removed from a thoracotomy procedure due to pneumothorax? Do you feel short of breath?

Thoracotomy: Immediately after surgery you do feel short of breath and it may be necessary to use oxygen for several months. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Chao
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What does it feel like to have a collapsed lung?

Dr. Philip Chao
Board Certified, Radiology
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What does it feel like to have a collapsed lung?

Chest pain: And shortness of breath. Get a xray of your lungs if your doctor wants to check for this. (sometimes fever too). ...Read more

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Collapsed Lung (Definition)

Pneumothorax is the collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads ...Read more


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