QS Study

Factors that prevent the Collapse of the Lung

If the chest cavity is spoiled or the lung develops a gap in it, air will get after the lung and it will not inflate when you effort to breathe. Without appropriate health check consideration, it can be serious.

It occurs when air enters the breathing space around your lungs (the pleural space). Air can find its way into the pleural space when there’s an open injury to your chest wall or a tear or rupture in your lung tissue, disrupting the pressure that keeps your lungs inflated.

Factors, prevent the collapse of the lung –

  • Surfactant,
  • Negative intrapleural pressure,
  • Interdependence of alveoli between adjacent alveoli.
  • Residual volume,
  • Size of Alveoli: ↓collapsing tendency,
  • Force of inspiration and presence of pores in between two alveoli.

Collapse of the Lung

Symptoms of the collapsed lung – Chest pain, Skin that is bluish in color, Fatigue, Rapid heartbeat, Cough etc.

Tips to prevent a recurrence-

  • Stop smoking: Smoking increases the risk, so patients are encouraged to quit.
  • Diving should be discouraged enduringly unless a very safe ultimate prevention approach has been performed such as surgery.
  • Follow-up with your healthcare provider. If you have a respiratory disorder, schedule regular visits with your doctor.