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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
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
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
I am recovering from collapse lungs which happen in june, l am planning to travel in december, would you recommend it pls advice, tkd?
Collapsed lung: I need to know the cause for your collapsed lung before answering. ...Read more
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.
regular follow-up. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Surgery: Generally, minimally invasive surgery (vats), inspection of lung for "air leak", staple resection of leaking and/or abnormal region, and pleuradesis. ...Read more
No: No I don't think so.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Small spontaneous pneumothoraces are common. Your chest surgeon or pulmonologist may have something to offer to make the lung stick tight to the chest wall. ...Read more
4-6wk: Usually, around 4-6wks. Depending cause of "collapsed lung" (pneumothorax). Spontaneous pneumothorax first recurrence rates depending on type ranges 20-40+%. Depending activity/lifestyle and cause (if one found), you may require surgical intervention / vats pleurodesis to prevent/decrease risk of further recurrence. ...Read more
Why do lungs collapse and what makes them do so? I'm curious since my uncle's lung collapsed a few weeks ago
Prevention: Need cat scan thorax to assess number, size and location of blebs or bullae. Blebectomy, abrassive/talc pleurodesis most consistent succesfull method forprevention of recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax. Avoid smoking, coughing, diving, skydiving, football tackle, straining, sneezing, rollercoaster rides to include some. ...Read more
CT is higher: The risk from a ct guided lung biopsy is approximately 25%. Underlying emphysema would make a collapsed lung more likely. Biopsy of a mass resting against the chest wall would be less likely to cause collapse. I am not sure about the discrepancy between the two answers. I do ct guided lung biopsies all the time, and have the same collapse rates as other docs in my group. ...Read more
Control allergy Sx's: A spontaneous pneumothorax is most common in tall, lanky men in the their late teens who have a "bleb" or "blebs" on their lung tissue. Relating to severe allergy symptoms, the most reasonable scenario in my mind is that sneezing was performed with such intensity that the interthoracic pressures go up precipitously leading to a popped bleb after sneezing and another big drop in chest pressure. ...Read more
THEY ARE: Separated into 2 sides, left and right lung so a puncture wound on one side of the chest will puncture that side's lung only. ...Read more
Generally excellent recovery
saw your other question too
depends on findings, and interventions like chest tube, or vats
othe pulmonary diseases
be careful for a month or so.
Surgeon will get x-ray to be sure you are expanded and no problem.
Start like a novice and work back to full, program.
fatigue-rest. ...Read more
I am terrified of having another lung collapse, I had 3 lung collapses over the course of a month and then a thoracotomy, is it possible to go away?
Confused: ... Yet if understood well u had/have a collapsed rt lung (was it chest trauma or spontaneous?). Just the collapsed lung can certainly cause chest wall (rib) pain and also tachycardia. As to high blood pressure at age 17 of yours does not fit the picture. Unfortunately the details you gave are insufficient not to speak that I have not examined you, I hope the collapsed ling was treated. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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