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Is a sudden collapsed lung bad and can you die from it?
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
If the pneumothorax creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of the heart.
This decreases the blood return to the heart. Without adequate blood return, your heart does not have enough blood to pump out to your body. This can be rapidly fatal.

In brief: Yes
If the pneumothorax creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of the heart.
This decreases the blood return to the heart. Without adequate blood return, your heart does not have enough blood to pump out to your body. This can be rapidly fatal.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Happily such an event does not always or even usually result in death. Some people have a tendency toward spontaneous pneumothorax & do ok
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes and Yes
A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) can occur following chest trauma or spontaneously, usually associated with an underlying weakness in the lung (bleb).
Left untreated, pressure within the chest cavity can compress the flow of blood to and from the heart, which can be life-threatening. Thankfully, this can be easily treated by placing a chest tube into the affected chest cavity.

In brief: Yes and Yes
A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) can occur following chest trauma or spontaneously, usually associated with an underlying weakness in the lung (bleb).
Left untreated, pressure within the chest cavity can compress the flow of blood to and from the heart, which can be life-threatening. Thankfully, this can be easily treated by placing a chest tube into the affected chest cavity.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Sunil Mehra
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possible
Can be life threateningtension pneumothorax is life threatening emergency if not treated fast and.

In brief: Possible
Can be life threateningtension pneumothorax is life threatening emergency if not treated fast and.
Dr. Sunil Mehra
Dr. Sunil Mehra
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