Lung Bruise Overview
Another name for Lung Bruise is Pulmonary Contusion.
What is a pulmonary contusion?
A person with a pulmonary contusion has a bruise to the lung, which results in bleeding into the lung tissue. The collection of blood can prevent oxygen from passing from the lung, into the bloodstream. Pulmonary contusions are caused by severe chest injuries, such as multiple rib fractures or a sternum fracture.
What are the symptoms of a pulmonary contusion?
Symptoms of a pulmonary contusion include difficulty breathing, cough, chest pain, and bruising and swelling of the chest wall. Symptoms of a worsening pulmonary contusion include coughing blood, deformed chest wall, severe difficulty breathing, excessive sweating, fainting and confusion.
How does the doctor treat a pulmonary contusion?
Treatment for a pulmonary contusion may include intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy, narcotic pain medications, oxygen therapy, and deep breathing exercises. Treatment for a severe pulmonary contusion may include a ventilator to support breathing.
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