Secondary lung abscesses account for the remaining cases and are so named because they occur as a result of another issue. Obstructions in the bronchial tubes that branch out from the trachea are one such cause. Others include COPD, tuberculosis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and infections in the abdomen or other organs. Lung injuries can cause abscesses, as well. Contusions occur when blunt force trauma affects the lungs, as can happen in car accidents and serious falls. Tumors and enlarged lymph nodes cause lung abscesses when they obstruct or put too much pressure on surrounding lung tissue.
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