Collapse Overview

Collapse may refer to a person falling or fainting, illness-related fatigue, or may refer to the physical collapse of a joint or body organ. A person collapsing suddenly may indicate fainting, syncope, dizziness, falls, decreased consciousness, and similar symptoms. Another type of “collapse”, such as during a febrile illness, may refer to exhaustion, prostration, malaise, fatigue, and so on.

Collapse may refer to the physical collapse of a single body joint. The collapse of a joint under pressure may result from a weakened joint leading to a joint collapse (e.g. knee collapse).

Another type of collapse is that of internal organs, such as a collapsed lung. Similar collapse-like symptoms of other body organs may use terms such as prolapse, inversion, displacement and distention of body organs.

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