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Collapsed Lung

A collapsed lung happens when air enters the pleural space, the area between the lung and the chest wall. If it is a total collapse, it is called pneumothorax. If only part of the lung is affected, it is called atelectasis. A totally collapsed lung can happen in people who are otherwise healthy, but lung disease (pneumonia or lung cancer) increases the chance.


  • Bluish tint to the skin due to lack of oxygen.
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Lightheadedness and near fainting
  • Getting tired easily
  • Abnormal breathing or difficulty breathing.
  • Fast heart rate
  • Shock and collapse

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.