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Could a collapsed lung cause the same symptoms as subcutaneous emphysema?
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Yes
A collapsed lung (known as a pneumothorax) can cause subcutaneous emphysema when air moves from the chest through muscle and into muscle planes below skin.
Subcutaneous emphysema is usually a sign that a pneumothorax is present. Typical signs of a pneumothorax include dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pain, and fast respiratory rate.

In brief: Yes
A collapsed lung (known as a pneumothorax) can cause subcutaneous emphysema when air moves from the chest through muscle and into muscle planes below skin.
Subcutaneous emphysema is usually a sign that a pneumothorax is present. Typical signs of a pneumothorax include dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pain, and fast respiratory rate.
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Dr. Savas Mavridis
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: It could
It could if the lung is collapsed because air is leaking from it.
That is a serious problem that requires immediate attention! there are many reasons for a collapsed lung and not all of them will have the symptom of subcutaneous emphysema. Either way you need to see your doctor who can determine if your lung is collapsed by listening to your lungs and doing a chest x-ray.

In brief: It could
It could if the lung is collapsed because air is leaking from it.
That is a serious problem that requires immediate attention! there are many reasons for a collapsed lung and not all of them will have the symptom of subcutaneous emphysema. Either way you need to see your doctor who can determine if your lung is collapsed by listening to your lungs and doing a chest x-ray.
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