Lung Collapse Following Lobectomy

While uncommon, it is possible to have a lung collapse following lobectomy. This occurs when excess fluids or air in the chest space lead to increased pressure around the lung. Often, the only sign of having too much fluid or air in the chest space is shortness of breath, so be sure to tell your doctor immediately if you have this symptom. In rare cases, complete lung collapse can be fatal.

Lung Collapse Following Lobectomy: An Overview

It's normal for some extra fluid and air to build up in the chest space after a lobectomy. However, too much buildup can increase the pressure around the lung and may cause parts -- or all -- of the lung to collapse.
 
Air and fluid are usually drained through the chest tubes, and don't cause any problems. But if the chest tubes become blocked, or if they have been taken out, fluids or air may build up and make it harder for you to breathe. Usually, the fluid or air can be removed with a syringe, or by inserting another drainage tube. But, in rare cases, complete lung collapse does happen, and it can be fatal.
 
The important thing to remember is that the only sign of having too much fluid or air in the chest space may be that you feel short of breath. So, you should tell your healthcare providers immediately if you start to have trouble breathing.
 
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