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How long is it supposed to it take for a collapsed lung to cause respiratory failure ?

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Tension rapid

If the collapsed lung (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 is called tension pneumothorax. If the pressure is not released, this is rapidly fatal.

In brief: Tension rapid

If the collapsed lung (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 is called tension pneumothorax. If the pressure is not released, this is rapidly fatal.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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In brief: Pneumothorax

Can be quite quick if large, and pressure on mediastinum with compromise of heart and contra lateral lung tension pneumothorax is the condition to look up.
Many are smaller and uncomfortable and may need a tube to treat.

In brief: Pneumothorax

Can be quite quick if large, and pressure on mediastinum with compromise of heart and contra lateral lung tension pneumothorax is the condition to look up.
Many are smaller and uncomfortable and may need a tube to treat.
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