Pneumothorax (a collapsed lung)

  • Created by: gigiAshEN
  • Created on: 27-04-21 13:32


What is it? - It is a collapsed lung , it occurs when air gets into the space between the outside of your lung and the inside of your chest wall, your ribcage 

A small pneumothorax may cause little to no symptoms, howver a large pneumothorax can squash the lung and cause it to collapse 

The severity depends on the amount of air that gets trapped in the lungs and if the patient has a pre exisiting respiratory conditon. 

The air that acccumaltes in the pleural sopace usually comes from a tear on the oustide of the lung but the air can also come from outide of the body if you have a chest injury

If the air continues to get into the pleural space while the patient breathes, this can start to compress the…


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