Pulmonary Contusion


What is a pulmonary contusion? A pulmonary contusion is bruising or bleeding of your lung tissue that may cause pain and trouble breathing. It is a common lung injury after a blunt trauma to the chest. The force of the trauma may cause bleeding and swelling inside one or both of your lungs.

What are the signs and symptoms of a pulmonary contusion? You may have more than one of the following:

How is a pulmonary contusion diagnosed? Your caregiver will examine you and ask you about your symptoms. He will also watch and listen to how you breathe. He will ask about any injuries you have had and check your chest area for bleeding, bone fractures, or punctures in your skin.

How is a pulmonary contusion treated? Your treatment will depend on how severe your injury is. Caregivers will use different treatments to help you breathe easier and get enough oxygen into your body. You may need more than one of the following:

What are the risks of a pulmonary contusion?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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