sábado, 29 de junio de 2013

Collapsed Lung: MedlinePlus [NEW TOPIC PAGE]

Collapsed Lung: MedlinePlus


Collapsed Lung

A collapsed lung happens when air enters the pleural space, the area between the lung and the chest wall. If it is a total collapse, it is called pneumothorax. If only part of the lung is affected, it is called atelectasis.
Causes of a collapsed lung include
  • Lung diseases such as pneumonia or lung cancer
  • Being on a breathing machine
  • Surgery on the chest or abdomen
  • A blocked airway
If only a small area of the lung is affected, you may not have symptoms. If a large area is affected, you may feel short of breath and have a rapid heart rate.
A chest x-ray can tell if you have it. Treatment depends on the underlying cause.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Illustration of the thorax

National Institutes of Health


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  • AtelectasisFrom the National Institutes of Health(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • Pneumothorax(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) 


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