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What are symptoms of a collapsed lung?

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Chest pains -- they start suddenly, in most cases -- and shortness of breath are the basic symptoms. Here are other signs you might have a collapsed lung:

  • Your skin is bluish.
  • You’re tired.
  • You breathe rapidly.
  • Your heartbeat speeds up.
  • You’re coughing.

In the mildest cases, you may not notice a problem.

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 Brunilda Nazario on June 12, 2020

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 Brunilda Nazario on June 12, 2020

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