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Why And How Does Lung Collapse
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pneumothorax: Generally excellent recovery saw your other question too depends on findings, and interventions like chest tube, or vats smoker emphysema age othe pulmonary diseases family 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. Pain-stop fatigue-rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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