Pulmonary Contusion

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

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 your chest. The force of the trauma may cause bleeding and swelling inside one or both of your lungs.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Breathe deeply and cough:

This helps to open the air passages and bring up sputum from your lungs. You can breathe deeply and cough on your own, or with the help of an incentive spirometer. An incentive spirometer is a device that can help you take deeper breaths.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or pulmonologist if:

  • You have a fever.

  • Your skin becomes red, itches, and you develop a rash after you take your medicines.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You cough up blood.

  • You feel dizzy, lightheaded, or faint.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have chest pain or a heavy feeling in your chest that lasts more than a few minutes.

  • You have pain that starts in your chest and spreads to your shoulders, neck, or arms.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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