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Collapsed Lung

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 25, 2006
  • 01:50 PM

Hi there, I was actually after some information regarding a collapsed lung I have had since birth. The middle lobe on the right lung has completely collapsed and part of the upper lobe. As a baby the doctors finally decided to just leave the lung alone to let it develop naturally.
I am now 28 and my lung (although grown bigger with age) is still as above. Which has never been a problem as I compete in many sports at an advanced level and my left lung has also grown larger to compensate.
I have never had any respiratory problems throughout my life nor been short of breath, dizzy etc. I have been perfectly normal (apart form my right lung slightly smaller than normal)
I use to be a Flight Attendant for nearly 5 years and never experienced any complications or even slight problems with my respiratory system working at high altitudes.
I am currently going through aviation medicals with a new airline and very worried that they may not pass me to be aviation fit.
They asked me to perform a CT scan that came up with the exact same results as the ones at birth, with the extra note of Compensatory Emphysema in the right lower lobe.
I have also seen a Heart and Lung specialist to help support my case of being aviation fit with my medicals, and he also stated that my condition should in no way affect me performing my duties as a Flight Attendant (and having already been Cabin Crew for nearly 5 years, I am hoping this will hold some weight) but you just never know how the actual aviation doctors will view this.
What I am affraid of is the one line that is placed in the "unacceptable" section for respiratory, for this particular airline and that is:
"Any acute disability of the lungs or any active disease of the structure of the lungs, chest or lung cavities".
Does anyone think I fall into this catagory? Because I have never considered myself to have any type of disease as my lungs have never given me any problems, if anything my respiratory system has allowed me to do sports that a lot of "Normal" lung structured people cant do.
I dont smoke (never have....yuck!) eat well and exercise 3-4 times a week.
Any advise would be so very much appreciated as Im a bit of a nervous wreck over here with my career dangling on the line .
Thank you in advance
CLP

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