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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

Dr. David Dang
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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


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What to do if collapsed lung but no pain does this mean its permenant?

What to do if collapsed lung but no pain does this mean its permenant?

Investigate: Best not to leave lung collapsed if possible. Need bronchoscope and possibly Ct or MRI to evaluate cause of collapse and decide on solution. May be simple as allowing air outside lung to be absorbed and reexpand lung by breathing exercise or may need drainage by catheter or even scope surgery to get lung re-expanded. ...Read more

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Aunt has lung cancer, having chemo, rushed back to hospital throwing up blood. Ive been told good sign, means collapsed lung re-inflating. Any advise?

Aunt has lung cancer, having chemo, rushed back to hospital throwing up blood. Ive been told good sign, means collapsed lung re-inflating. Any advise?

Who said this?: If the doctor treating her right now said this was a good sign, then it likely is. Only the doc who's treating her for this now can give a decent idea. Unless the doc has communicated this to another doc or family member. Maybe this sounds like a reasonable answer to vomiting blood to another doc, but it does not make a lot of sense to me. But, sometimes we don't remember all we were told exactly ...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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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?

At least a week: The puncture in the lung needs to fully seal before you fly. Usually a week is fine. ...Read more

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Can you die from a collapsed lung?

Can you die from a collapsed lung?

Tension pneumothorax: You can die from collapsed lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. Eventually, the pressure will collapse your other lung and vessels. Untreated, death will occur. First responders, emt and trauma providers are trained to recognize and release the pressure associated with a collapsed lung, to prevent tension pneumothorax. ...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


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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