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pneumothorax (collapsed lung)

Pneumothorax occurs when the collection of air or gas in the space around the lungs causes enough pressure to collapse the lung. 


Symptoms may include:


  • sudden sharp chest pain, made worse by a deep breath or a cough
  • shortness of breath
  • chest tightness
  • easy fatigue
  • rapid heart rate
  • bluish color of the skin caused by lack of oxygen
  • drop in blood pressure
  • low blood pressure (hypotension)

Causes may include:



Treatment may include:


  • air removal via a chest tube
  • observation

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