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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Just happens: There are no symptoms to an impending lung collapse; the question becomes why does the lung collapse in the first place? That root cause may have associated symptoms. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examination: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. The first line of diagnosis for large pneumothorax is a good history and physical examination (stethoscope). Most smaller pneumothoraces can be diagnosed with good 2 view chest x-ray series. Occasionally, a ct-scan may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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