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What does it feel like to breathe if you have a collapsed lung?

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Dr. John Lipman
Radiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Usu short of breath

Collapsed lung (pneumothorax) if tiny will not cause noticable symptoms.
If large, can cause shortness of breath, pain when taking a deep breath. Seen in tall thin pts, chest trauma (or lung/chest biopsy), smokers (emphysema). If tiny no treatment. If larger, a needle can suck out air and can manage as oupt with f/u chest xray. If very large, thin tube placed and suction overnight, f/u chest xray.

In brief: Usu short of breath

Collapsed lung (pneumothorax) if tiny will not cause noticable symptoms.
If large, can cause shortness of breath, pain when taking a deep breath. Seen in tall thin pts, chest trauma (or lung/chest biopsy), smokers (emphysema). If tiny no treatment. If larger, a needle can suck out air and can manage as oupt with f/u chest xray. If very large, thin tube placed and suction overnight, f/u chest xray.
Dr. John Lipman
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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: "short of breath"

Most patients will feel mild (or more) shortness of breath or air hunger. Some chest pain, typically worse with deep breaths, is also common.
A chest x-ray will be needed to rule this in, or out.

In brief: "short of breath"

Most patients will feel mild (or more) shortness of breath or air hunger. Some chest pain, typically worse with deep breaths, is also common.
A chest x-ray will be needed to rule this in, or out.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Air hunger

Dr. Lipman's answer is excellent.
Pain and shortness of breath is common. I really like dr. Weiss' term "air hunger" though. Having experienced two partially collapsed lungs, air hunger is exactly right.

In brief: Air hunger

Dr. Lipman's answer is excellent.
Pain and shortness of breath is common. I really like dr. Weiss' term "air hunger" though. Having experienced two partially collapsed lungs, air hunger is exactly right.
Dr. Ted King
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