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Collapsed Lung (cont.)

Collapsed Lung Diagnosis

  • Examination of the chest by listening with a stethoscope and tapping techniques can suggest pneumothorax. If a tension pneumothorax is present, the signs that can occur are:
    • The blood pressure will fall as the result of decreased heart output.
    • Cyanosis or blueness of the skin will occur as the tissues lose their oxygen.
    • Decreased levels of consciousness may occur because of the low blood pressure, decreased brain perfusion, and low oxygenation.
  • Definitive diagnosis is made with chest X-rays.
    • A very small pneumothorax can be missed on routine chest X-ray.
    • The doctor may take multiple films, including X-rays in full expiration, or even a CT scan of the chest, to look for a collapsed lung.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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