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How is a collapsed lung diagnosed?

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When you go to your doctor, she’ll probably start with a physical exam.

She’ll listen to your chest through her stethoscope as you inhale, and she’ll tap your chest to find out if it sounds hollow. You might need an X-ray, which should let your doctor see the lung’s outline.

A blood test may figure in. If your blood contains less oxygen and more carbon dioxide than normal, that can signal a collapsed lung.

You may need a CT scan. That’s a series of X-rays that a computer turns into a very detailed image.

From: What Is a Collapsed Lung? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Collapsed Lung.”

Core Physicians: “Collapsed Lung: Non-Injury-Related.”

Intermountain Healthcare: “Collapsed Lung.”

Lourdes Health System: “Surgery for Collapsed Lung.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumothorax.”

Merck Manual Consumer Version: “Pneumothorax.”

University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health: “What is Pleurodesis?”

NIH. U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Primary spontaneous pneumothorax.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Collapsed Lung.”

Core Physicians: “Collapsed Lung: Non-Injury-Related.”

Intermountain Healthcare: “Collapsed Lung.”

Lourdes Health System: “Surgery for Collapsed Lung.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumothorax.”

Merck Manual Consumer Version: “Pneumothorax.”

University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health: “What is Pleurodesis?”

NIH. U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Primary spontaneous pneumothorax.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 24, 2018

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