the path to healing of a hole in the lung depends on the cause of course, as well as how severe it is. Small holes can heal up sponataneously. An airtight bandage is kept over the hole if it is from an external puncture.
Often holes are deliberately put into the lung to faciliate drainage in certain diseases in which case a suction device is attached to drain the lung. They generally heal up fine over time when the suction is removed.
Of course infection is always a risk.
If the whole is caused by radiation treatment, due to the stess of just breathing the course of affairs may be quite difficult as the tissue is so damaged and that is what lead to the hole in the first place. The prognosis is not so good but not always impossible.
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." Marcus Aurelius
Last edited by Arrowwind09; 04-18-2010 at 09:14 PM.