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My little brother's lung collapsed yesterday :(

(6 Posts)
littlelamb Sat 11-Jul-09 20:24:50

Anyone have any experience of a collapsed lung? My mum was upset when she called to tell me and I couldn't really make out what she was saying He is a very fit 14 year old, very tall and lanky and aparently this can be a factor. He had trouble breathing at school and they took him to a hospital more than 100 miles away as they have a specialist unit. It is too far for me to travel, 5 hours by train and I just can't do it with the dc. He had a GA yesterday and something put in his chest. I don't understand how this could have happened

herbietea Sat 11-Jul-09 20:29:42

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brimfull Sat 11-Jul-09 20:31:04

It's called a spontaneous pneumothorax and can happen in tall thin people,men in particulat

the tube will be a chest drain to allow the lung to reinflate

herbietea Sat 11-Jul-09 20:32:46

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FattipuffsandThinnifers Sat 11-Jul-09 21:00:23

An ex boyfriend had this when he was in his early 20s. It is apparently more common in young men (he is tall and slim too). I imagine it would be very scary at the time for all of you, but as long as it's treated he will be fine. They will have inserted a tube to reinflate the lung.

I expect he'll be up and about and showing off his impressive scar to his mates before you know it smile

littlelamb Sat 11-Jul-09 21:03:07

Thanks all
I'm going to go shopping tomorrow so I can send him a nice parcel to open when he gets home. From what my mum said I think his is quite a serious case, but he's in the best place he can be

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