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Friend has punctured lung. His doctor says it has not closed. What is wrong?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hasn't healed yet

A punctured lung means there is a hole in the lung.
It could be small or big. The hole is like a cut on your finger that needs to heal first. Patience usually heals these but sometimes a small operation is needed instead.

In brief: Hasn't healed yet

A punctured lung means there is a hole in the lung.
It could be small or big. The hole is like a cut on your finger that needs to heal first. Patience usually heals these but sometimes a small operation is needed instead.
Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott
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Dr. Sunil Mehra
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It should close

Punctured lung causes pneumothorax which usually resolves with chest tube in a few days in majority of cases.
In small subset, if lung puncture is big, then thoracic surgeon can close it with surgery.

In brief: It should close

Punctured lung causes pneumothorax which usually resolves with chest tube in a few days in majority of cases.
In small subset, if lung puncture is big, then thoracic surgeon can close it with surgery.
Dr. Sunil Mehra
Dr. Sunil Mehra
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