Pneumothorax - Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of pneumothorax?

Symptoms of a pneumothorax include chest pain that usually has a sudden onset. The pain is sharp and may lead to feelings of tightness in the chest. Shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, cough, and fatigue are other symptoms of pneumothorax. The skin may develop a bluish color (termed cyanosis) due to decreases in blood oxygen levels.

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Comment from: KCP, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I am 63 and was a smoker till the pneumothorax last week. I woke up short of breath with a racing heart and feeling as if I had been trampled in the upper and back torso. I went to see the doctor in the afternoon of day 1 and was told I was having an anxiety attack. I felt very poorly by day 3 evening and took my temperature as I felt very hot. I went to the local hospital and x-ray showed collapsed left lung. I had air pulled out of it and had oxygen during the 2.5 day stay with frequent x-rays showing the lung had almost fully expanded. I am due to go for a checkup/x-ray a week later.

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Comment from: Dixie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I went to the emergency room because my eye suddenly swelled shut. When the emergency room people touched the area, a crackling noise was heard. They told me that was the air escaping from my lung. I never had any pain or any shortness of breath.

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