What is a Lung Air Leak?
An air leak is when there is a leakage or escape of air from a cavity into spaces that usually do not have air.
What causes a Lung Air Leak?
A lung air leak is often associated with respiratory trauma, and can also be a side effect of invasive thoracic surgery.
What Happens When Air Leaks From the Lungs?
Lung air leaks can lead to vital organs becoming compressed. This affects gas exchange and blood flow processes that can cause tension pneumothorax as well as other life-threatening conditions.
What are Risk Factors for Air Leaks in the Lungs?
Risk factors for air leaks in the lungs include low albumin levels, steroid use, poor nutrition, surgical interventions, and poor diffusion capacity.