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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

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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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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Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Great Question: And I have a better answer: unlike the american bison, most mammals have two separate pleural or lung cavities. If one lung collapses, the problem does not usually affect the other side. This is why bison were easy to hunt. If you hit one side of the chest, both lungs could collapse. The picture shows human anatomy, wish I could also post a bison picture as they are majestic creatures. ...Read more

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Do I know if I have a collapsed lung?

Do I know if I have a collapsed lung?

Maybe not: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. Symptoms if present may include shortness of breath, cough, and/or chest pain. 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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What happens if you have a collapsed lung?

What happens if you have a collapsed lung?

Collapsed lung: A collapsed along can be a medical emergency. Typically the attempt is to expand the long using a chest tube. This is usually done in intensive care setting. With proper care it can easily be really expanded and sealed. There is a risk, however of reoccurrence ...Read more

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How to determine if u have a collapsed lung?

How to determine if u have a collapsed lung?

Examination: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. 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 could I know if I have a collapsed lung?

How could I know if I have a collapsed lung?

Examination: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. Symptoms if present may include shortness off breath, cough, and/or chest pain. 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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Can I have a collapsed lung, how can I know?

Symptoms: A collapsed lung will usually present with shortness of breath and chest pain, although not always so. Exercise intolerance may occur, as well as cough. If you are concerned, you should be seen by your doctor and request a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a collapsed lung?

Collapsed lung: A collapsed lung often causes chest pain and difficulty breathing. A chest xray should confirm the diagnosis. If you know someone who has this it is important to seek help immediately. ...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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What could cause a person to have a collapsed lung?

What could cause a person to have a collapsed lung?

Air leak: Anything that could cause a hole in the lung can make it collapse. The most common causes are trauma, bleb disease (weak portions of the lung like an overinflated balloon), and postprocedure changes. People with blebs can get it from heavy coughing or straining to have a bowel movement - anything that increases the pressure inside the chest. ...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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Is it possible to have a collapsed lung which repairs itself?

Is it possible to have a collapsed lung which repairs itself?

Certainly: If the cause of the collapsed lung is taken care of the lung can reexpand and heal. Reversible causes of collapse are fluid in chest cavity from infection, air leak after chest injury (tension pneumothorax), tumor blocking the bronchus. ...Read more

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I have a collapsed lung but no pain. Does this mean it's permanant?

I have a collapsed lung but no pain. Does this mean it's permanant?

Atelectasis: Atelectasis (collapsed lung) can be caused by 4 ways. 1.Blockage of the airway. 2. Compression of the airway. 3.Adhesion, a sort of scaring of the lung. 4.Hypoventilation, failure to get enough air in the airway Depending on the cause will determine if it will resolve. ...Read more

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I think I have a collapsed lung again lingering after lifting and coughing. Should I be concerned?

I think I have a collapsed lung again lingering after lifting and coughing. Should I be concerned?

Atelectasis: Atelectasis (collapsed lung) can be caused by 4 ways. 1.Blockage of the airway. 2. Compression of the airway. 3.Adhesion, a sort of scaring of the lung. 4.Hypoventilation, failure to get enough air in the airway Depending on the cause will determine if it will resolve. ...Read more

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Hello I currently have a collapsed lung 25% of my right one to be exact. .. I'm thinking about traveling to jordan from the states is this a good idea?

Hello I currently have a collapsed lung 25% of my right one to be exact. .. I'm thinking about traveling to jordan from the states is this a good idea?

Guidelines up in air: Medical guidelines for pneumothorax once required at least two weeks to fly due to the risk of the air expanding and further compressing the lung. The following link suggests this may not be an absolute: http://archive. Sltrib. Com/story. Php? Ref=/sltrib/news/57291975-78/patients-lung-pneumothorax-flight. Html. Csp ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a collapsed lung or acute pericarditis?

Chest X-ray and EKG: A collapsed lung is typically seen on chest x-ray. Acute pericarditis often has typical findings on an electrocardiogram (ekg). Both may cause shortness of breath, but generally, pericarditis is more likely to cause chest pain. ...Read more

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Please help me with this I'm very depressed over it. I have a collapsed lung again lingering after lifting and coughing. What can I do?

Please help me with this I'm very depressed over it. I have a collapsed lung again lingering after lifting and coughing. What can I do?

Generally yes: Spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) 5 year first recurrence rates for primary and secondary types are between 20-40%. The rate increases after a recurrence. You should be evaluated by a thoracic surgeon for possible surgical treatment. In proper candidates, vats with talc pleuradesis has up to 90-95% success. ...Read more

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I have a collapsed lung and everytime I sneeze I feel that my chest hurts?

Inflammation: Air in the pleural cavity can cause irritation leading to pain on chest wall movement, like coughing or deep breathing. Treatment depends on the cause of the collapsed lung, the size of the collapse, and other symptoms. ...Read more

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What does a collapsed lung feel like?

What does a collapsed lung feel like?

Breathing pain: Though mechanisms of injury play a role here, both traumatic and spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will lead to shortness of breath and chest pain. If left untreated, some may lead to tension pneumothorax which may be deadly. If you see the patient turning pale and taking shallow, frequent, gasping breaths - there is not a minute to waste. ...Read more

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Any info on a spontaneous collapsed lung like what's wrong with me?

Any info on a spontaneous collapsed lung like what's wrong with me?

Blebs: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. 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. In short, if you are healthy, non-smoker, you may just have abnormality in your lungs (blebs). ...Read more

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What does a collapsed lung sound like?

Quiet: If the lung collapses, there is a decrease in air flow to the lung, causing a decrease in sounds. ...Read more

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Collapsed lung recovery?

Collapsed lung recovery?

Patience: Chest tube drainage/evacuation will often resolve pressure imbalance instantly. The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potentially seal in just a few days (like a scab). The lung tissue takes longer to fully heal, depending on type of injury. If from trauma, associated chest wall injury (rib fractures, etc...) as well as chest tube site may take weeks to months to heal. ...Read more

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Is a collapsed lung bad?

Is a collapsed lung bad?

Yes: A collapsed lung means that the lung cannot do it's job, bringing oxygen into the body and getting rid of carbon dioxide. ...Read more

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How bad is a collapsed lung?

Bad: Pneumothorax, hemothorax, chylothorax, hydropneumothorax and atelectasis all emcompass conditions where a lung is "collapsed." in atelectasis, the lung is not aerated because alveoli are not expanded. This is usually an issue internal to the airways. The rmainder are due to something outside the actual lung parenchyma - compressing the lung. All are bad, so talk to your doc. ...Read more

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How can I cure a collapsed lung

How can I cure a collapsed lung

Need more info: "collapsed" lung is a term that can mean several different things. Collapsed lung can mean a pneumothorax which is treated with a chest tube, or a collapsed lung can mean an obstructed bronchus which is treated, when possible, by removing the obstruction. ...Read more

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What can cause a collapsed lung?

Multiple: External and internal. External causes are trauma, diagnostic procedures, etc. Internal factors deal with an increase in pressure in the lung, causing rupture of a pre- existing issue (pulmonary bleb). Pressure increases can be a cough, sneeze, or being on a ventilator. Air leaves the lung or enters the chest through a defect, causing collapse of the lung. ...Read more

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When to fly after collapsed lung?

When to fly after collapsed lung?

Discuss MD: Until surgical evaluation and/or treatment, refrain from flying and scuba. With guidance/instructions from your surgeon, it is generally safe to travel by commercial airline after your pneumothorax is fully resolved (~4weeks). If your lung is currently "collapsed", i.e. Your pneumothorax has not resolved, you should refrain from air travel, skydiving, high altitude travel, and scuba diving. ...Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

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


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Atelectasis (Definition)

Collapse of a lung or part of a lung from ...Read more