A punctured lung, or pneumothorax in medical terms, is a condition in which the lung or part of it collapses. This can occur as a result on a build-up of air or gas in the chest cavity or as the result of a traumatic injury such as a fall or car accident. Some medical procedures can also cause a punctured lung. Most punctured lungs will require medical treatment, usually in the form of a tube or needle inserted through the chest wall, to allow to lung to expand and heal.
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