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Susan gets shot and experiences a traumatic pneumothorax. The bullet penetrates through her chest wall and lodges in her left lung. When the paramedic arrives, they find that she is barely able to breathe. Why is this? (include what happens to her intra-alveolar and intra-pleural pressures). In addition, discuss her condition in terms of her:A) transmural pressure gradients across her lung wall and thoracic cavityB) intrapleural fluid cohesiveness forces and whyC) intrapleural pressure and whyD) Would her condition have been different if she had experienced a spontaneous pneumothorax, as a result of a respiratory disease process? How? Why?

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Lelia Lubowitz
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