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
- A very small pneumothorax can be missed on routine
- The doctor may take multiple films, including
X-rays in full expiration, or even a
CT scan of the chest, to look for a
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/9/2012
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