Ruptured Lung due to Injury Treatment
Treatment for a traumatic pneumothorax includes oxygen and a chest tube, which removes air that has collected between the inside of the chest and the outside of the lung. Treatment for a severe traumatic pneumothorax may also include surgery to repair the injured lung.
Specific treatment for a traumatic pneumothorax may include:
- Oxygen therapy
- Intravenous fluids
- Needle thoracostomy:
- A needle may be placed through the chest wall, with the end residing in the space between the inside of the chest wall and the outside of the lung.
- This allows air to escape from the space.
- The needle may be used if there is an emergent need to treat the pneumothorax.
- Chest tube:
- A flexible tube is inserted through the chest wall.
- One end of the tube resides in the space between the inside of the chest wall and the outside of the lung.
- The other end of the tube is attached to a suction pump.
- The pump removes the abnormal collection of air.
- Surgery may be required for traumatic pneumothorax if the lung is severely damaged.
- Narcotic pain medication:
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