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Collapsed Lung

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Updated October 06, 2012

Definition: A condition that causes the lining of the lung to pull away from the wall of the chest. The space between the lung and the chest fills with air, pushing the injured lung against the heart and the other lung.

Collapsed lung can occur as a result of chest injury, or spontaneously in patients with lung disease.

Pronunciation: KOHL-lapst lung
Also Known As: Pneumothorax
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