Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Collapsed Lung Treatment

Treatment for a pneumothorax may include oxygen therapy, intravenous fluids, and the insertion of a tube into the chest. The chest tube removes air from the chest cavity.

Treatment for pneumothorax may include:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Intravenous fluids
  • Chest tube for pneumothorax:
    • A small tube is inserted through the chest wall
    • The tube is placed between the lung and the inside of the chest wall
    • Air is removed from the space by the tube
  • Surgery for pneumothorax:
    • May be required to repair damage to the lung

Collapsed Lung Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of pneumothorax.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Will I need surgery?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • When can I resume an exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having pneumothorax again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Collapsed Lung Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat pneumothorax:

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Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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