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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