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Punctured diaphragm?

  1. Aug 5, 2007 #1
    what will happen if someone has a punctured diaphragm?

    what i know is that there will not be any pressure difference between the lungs and the atmosphere, and hence air will not be sucked in or forced out of the lungs. But will the person die from this condition? if no why not?
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  3. Aug 5, 2007 #2


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    The abdominal diaphragm is a muscle. Not the same as a punctured lung which seems to be what you are thinking of.

    Puncturing a lung can lead to a collapsed lung.
    This is a very dangerous condition, but not immediately deadly since you have two lungs.

    You could also die from bleeding for either puncture.
  4. Aug 6, 2007 #3

    jim mcnamara

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    Try a google for pneumothorax to see what notime is decribing.
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