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What Does It Mean When Collapsed Lung
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
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
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
linear atelectasis: Lung collapse/atelectasis can occur for many reasons asthmatics get collapse because of mucus plugs in the airway.Sometimes aspiration causes atelectasis. Infection and tumor can produce atelectasis. Ateletasis can clear following disappearance of disease process. Plate-like atelectasis is usually minor area of lung collapse sometimes seen without obvious cause or scar from previous disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If the pneumothorax creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of the heart. This decreases the blood return to the heart. Without adequate blood return, your heart does not have enough blood to pump out to your body. This can be rapidly fatal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Size: Smaller collapse often heals. Larger may need drainage. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't smoke: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. Risk factors for primary and secondary sps include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, connective tissue disorders, pregnancy, familial history. Sps are associated with 20-40% recurrence rate (depending type). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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