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How does a collapsed windpipe, lung cause death?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: By compression

If a tension pneumothorax develops, cardiopulmonary collapse may develop.

In brief: By compression

If a tension pneumothorax develops, cardiopulmonary collapse may develop.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Tension

If the collapsed lung (pneumothorax) creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of 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 is called tension pneumothorax. This is rapidly fatal.

In brief: Tension

If the collapsed lung (pneumothorax) creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of 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 is called tension pneumothorax. This is rapidly fatal.
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