Conditions and Diseases
Immune System

How do chest tubes work to fix a collapsed lung?

User Avatar
Wiki User
2006-09-11 01:30:14

I am not in the medical field. But if a lung collapses it means

that there is air getting between the lung and the chest cavity

creating pressure against the lung. A tube placed in the chest wall

will relieve the pressure there. When the lung fills with air it

pushes the air out of the tube. Then you can block the tube to give

the chest cavity back the slight vacuum it had before. That is why

your chest expands when you breate in. I hope this is right and I

am not stepping on any toes out there.

Copyright © 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. The material on this site can not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Multiply.