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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).

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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