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What is the difference between a ruptured lung and a collapsed lung?

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In brief: Some overlap

Rupture requires trauma from iatrogenic or penetrating or blunt and may have bleeding- hemothorax as well as pneumothorax-air in he cavity.
Spontaneous pneumothorax-collapse has a limited rupture- tear, bleb pop, etc and can have some bleeding.

In brief: Some overlap

Rupture requires trauma from iatrogenic or penetrating or blunt and may have bleeding- hemothorax as well as pneumothorax-air in he cavity.
Spontaneous pneumothorax-collapse has a limited rupture- tear, bleb pop, etc and can have some bleeding.
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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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In brief: Broad definitions

Ruptured lung is leakage of air from damage to lung tissue causing collection of air inside chest cavity, compressing the deflated lung segment & secondarily causing its collapse.
It can affect part of a lung or sometimes one whole lung. Collapsed lung can also occur from blockage of breathing passages due to internal obstruction or external compression from several possible causes.

In brief: Broad definitions

Ruptured lung is leakage of air from damage to lung tissue causing collection of air inside chest cavity, compressing the deflated lung segment & secondarily causing its collapse.
It can affect part of a lung or sometimes one whole lung. Collapsed lung can also occur from blockage of breathing passages due to internal obstruction or external compression from several possible causes.
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