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What Happens If Lung Was Punctured
Probably not: A "punctured lung" with no obvious cause is a spontaneous pneumothorax, which is a tiny air leak through the outer lining around the lung. It may happen if there is a sudden increase in the outside air pressure, such as being close to an explosion. The air pressure might go down the throat, into the lungs, and push air through a weak spot in the lining. Lifting doesn't cause that kind of pressure. ...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
Pop and puncture?: The "popping" of the back is like "cracking" of the knuckles. It is a sound people hear when they manipulate their back and bubbles in the synovial fluid in the joints of the spine pop and release gas. "Puncturing" of the lung is really a puncture of the pleural lining AROUND the lung, causing the lung to collapse. This is called a PNEUMOTHORAX. ...Read more
Sometimes.: A bullet wound to the lung can be a serious and potentially life threatening injury, depending up the specific location of the injury to the lung. If the person is quickly transported to a hospital with a good emergency department / trauma center and receives appropriate care, the person may survive. Specifics depend upon the injury and the individual patient. ...Read more
Negative pressure: You can die from collapsed/punctured lung, as it progresses quickly to a tension pneumothorax. First responders, emt and trauma providers are trained to recognize and release the pressure associated with a collapsed lung, to prevent tension pneumothorax. A chest tube is inserted into the space between your lung and chest wall. The tube is put to negative pressure, so lung can re-expand. ...Read more
Evaluation: Serious fall with pulmonary contusion and/or injury needs proper trauma evaluation. Depending on the findings, the individual may require a chest tube. The key to pulmonary injury care/treatment is pulmonary hygiene and appropriate analgesia with procedural interventions as needed to facilitate max lung re-expansion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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