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What's the significance of having collapsed lung?

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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Varies with severity

Significance can vary with the extent of the collapse.
If a large portion of the lung is collapsed then a patient will have difficulty breathing, which can be mild to severe, with respiratory failure and death as the extremes. Most often the collapse is limited and partial, often reversible with no intervention. Many things can cause collapse, so more information is needed from your doctor.

In brief: Varies with severity

Significance can vary with the extent of the collapse.
If a large portion of the lung is collapsed then a patient will have difficulty breathing, which can be mild to severe, with respiratory failure and death as the extremes. Most often the collapse is limited and partial, often reversible with no intervention. Many things can cause collapse, so more information is needed from your doctor.
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Potential danger

If the 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 can be rapidly fatal.

In brief: Potential danger

If the 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 can be rapidly fatal.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Can't breathe

Only very small ones that are asymptomatic can be watched.
Others need small chest catheter or in some cases a large surgical chest tube so patient can breathe normally.

In brief: Can't breathe

Only very small ones that are asymptomatic can be watched.
Others need small chest catheter or in some cases a large surgical chest tube so patient can breathe normally.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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