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

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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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


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

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. Robert Kwok
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Can you get a collapsed lung from holding your breath for too long?

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. 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.?

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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What does it feel like to have a collapsed lung?

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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How can you tell if you have a collapsed lung?

Doctor's exam, Xray: Symptoms of pneumothorax (collapsed lung) include sharp chest pains (especially with breathing), a dry cough, and shortness of breath. If the leaked air is compressing the lungs and heart, it is a tension pneumothorax (life-threatening!) and symptoms include a very anxious looking person with trouble breathing or talking, swollen veins in the neck, & bluish skin color (cyanosis). Confirm by x-ray. ...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


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