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What happens if your lung collapses?

What happens if your lung collapses?

Must re-expand it: Depending on the reason and the symptoms, but the first thing is to re-expand the lung, usually by incerting a small tube into the chest cavity. It is not good to have a collapsed lung and can even be life threatening. It is important to determine tha cause of the collapse and treat it. Sometimes the cause can not be determined. ...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


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What happens when part of your lung collapses without warning?

What happens when part of your lung collapses without warning?

Pneumothorax: When a lung collapses, air leaks out of it into the chest cavity. When this happens, the air can't usually get back into the lung, so each time you breathe in, more air leaks into the cavity and the lung gets smaller and the air pocket gets bigger. Less gas exchange can take place because part of the lung is not inflated anymore. To fix this, doctors remove the air and the lung re-inflates. ...Read more

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Can you live if both lungs collapse?

Can you live if both lungs collapse?

Not for long: Lungs can collapse for various reasons, and can do so completely or partially. Your chances are better the less complete the collapse until you can be treated. ...Read more

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Had a spontaneous lung collapse, what happens now?

Had a spontaneous lung collapse, what happens now?

Depends: Usually responds to, treatment, including chest tube. Some have recurrence and need video assisted bleb stapling and mechanical pleural, scarring- called pleurodiesis. Some individuals may have opposite side issues. No smoking regular follow-up. ...Read more

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What causes a person's lungs to collapse?

What causes a person's lungs to collapse?

Varies...: Most commonly it is from either trauma that can result in increased pressures in the chest or rib fractures that tear the lung. The other common source is bleb or bullous disease of the lung. Imagine an overinflated balloon ready to pop. Something causes it to have increased pressure and air then leaks out to cause the lung to collapse. Other reasons can include cancer and bad emphysema. ...Read more

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Could i exercise after my lungs collapse?

Could i exercise after my lungs collapse?

Eventually but: Your lungs have to heal first ! After healing exercise can usually be readily be resumed ... unless your exercise involves SCUBA diving or summiting one of the 8km peaks of the world. Nonetheless why not review this with your treating physician about optimally timing. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i exercise after my lungs collapse?

Yes and No: Depending on when, the severity, the mechanism of how your lungs collapse exercise may not be permitted immediately. I would see your doctor that diagnosed you with collapsed lungs and get clearance from them. Good luck. ...Read more

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What occurs when your lungs collapse answer asap please!?

What occurs when your lungs collapse answer asap please!?

Could be dangerous: If there is a pneumothorax and it is large or you are having symptoms, that can be a medical emergency. If there is "atelectasis, " meaning the lung is full of mucus or being compressed, then that is typically not an emergency. Both of these conditions can be referred to as lung collapse. To answer further, more information is needed. ...Read more

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What can cause a lung to collapse?

What can cause a lung to collapse?

Loss of (-) pressure: A collapsed/punctured lung is serious, as it can progress to tension pneumothorax. Once recognized, a chest tube is placed to release the pressure associated with collapsed lung. Any injury that allows positive pressure from the airways or externally into the negative pressured pleural space will start the lung collapsing. Trauma, needle sticks, rib fx, fluid, spontaneous are common causes. ...Read more

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What could cause a lung to collapse?

Injury or luck: Ok, not really luck. Some people are prone to "spontaneous pneumothorax" where the lung collapses on its own. Other reasons include injury, infection. Treatment may include drainage with a tube or even surgery. Treatment options depend on cause, patient symptoms and conditions. More information necessary to properly answer this question. ...Read more

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Can dry air cause a lung to collapse?

Probably not: If by lung collapse you mean a pneumothorax, or air around the lung in the chest cavity, that is usually due to a genetic predisposition, smoking, trauma or sometimes vigorous exercise, to name a few. Another type of lung collapse involves thick mucus that blocks air entry to the rest of the lung, but that only happens in very debilitated patients with advanced lung disease. ...Read more

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Can holding your breath too long cause your lungs to collapse?

No: it will increase your strength on it but not to collapse. Remember breathing oxygenates holding too much will not help to get more oxygen ...Read more

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Why and how does lung collapse?

A few things: There can be multiple causes of lung collapse. The can leak air like a flat tire. This is called a pneumothorax. The airways to different parts of the lung can be plugged causing collapse. This would be pneumonia or atelectasis. ...Read more

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What is a persistent lung collapse?

What is a persistent lung collapse?

Needs treatment: Persistent pneumothorax needs tube, or expansion by decorticating , and or treatment- stapling of causative blebs. Cardio-thoracic surgery is the discipline to sort out for you. ...Read more

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Pain n back 7mths after lung collapse?

Lung collapse: Pain not likelu related to the collapse per se. It could be related to the manner in which it was treated - for example chest tube or operation. That is if you are referring to pneumo thorax, air around the lung causing its collapse. ...Read more

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Can I smoke after minor lung collapse?

Can I smoke after minor lung collapse?

Ill advised: Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax include: smoking (including marijuana). Lung inflammation is also hypothesized to be important. Smokers have increased numbers of inflammatory cells. Studies in patients show degree of inflammation correlates with the extent of emphysematouslike changes (elcs). ...Read more

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Has anyone had their lung collapse more than once?

Repeat lung collapse: Yes, people have had this happen more than once. It is more likely to happen again if a person is tall and thin, the body type that is risky for this, or if they smoke, or if they have already had it happen twice. Here's a link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001151/. ...Read more

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What might cause a punctured lung in danger of collapse?

What might cause a punctured lung in danger of collapse?

-- pleural pressure: Negative pleural pressure, and puncture in the lung causes air to leaks into plural space resulting pneumothorax or air in plural space, then collapse of lung, even moving contents to other side of chest causing dangerous, tension pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse = rapid prostration. ...Read more