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Large portion of lung collapsed. Put chest tube. As exhausted as before diagnosis. Normal recovery?

Hi! I am a 43 year old female and I have been sick since October 2012. I went in the hospital for a cats can and they saw that a large portion of my lung collapsed. They put in a chest tube and I was in the hospital for 5 days. I have been home for three days and I m as exhausted as I was before the diagnosis. Is this normal for recovery?
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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There should be a reason for your lung to collapse.
What came out through the chest tube ? was it air ,fluid or pus ?
Has your lung expanded after the tube placement?
Has the tube been removed?
Does the CT scan show anything that is obstructing the bronchus ( branch of windpipe supplying air to lung ).
Lung that has been collapsed for around 5 months may take time to expand completely.
Also prolonged collapse can cause your ribs to be crowded , hindering expansion.
If adhesion bands have been formed in the covering of lung it can also prevent proper expansion
Answered: Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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