Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pulmonary Contusion Treatment

Treatment for a pulmonary contusion often includes intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy, narcotic pain medications, oxygen therapy, and deep breathing exercises. Treatment for a severe pulmonary contusion may require mechanical ventilation to support breathing.

Treatment options for a pulmonary contusion include:

Pulmonary Contusion Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a pulmonary contusion.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • 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:
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • Will this injury cause any long term effects?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Pulmonary Contusion Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a pulmonary contusion:

Continue to Pulmonary Contusion Warning Signs

Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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