BY LAUREN JOHNSTON DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 10:13 AM
Actress Mariska Hargitay has reportedly suffered a partially collapsed lung.
"Mariska Hargitay has been sidelined with a pneumothorax," her rep confirmed to Access Hollywood, which first reported the story. According to TMZ.com, this is the second time Hargitay has suffered this problem.
The site reports the actress' lung collapsed over the Christmas holiday, and then again today. Pneumothorax – the medical term for the condition – occurs as a result of the buildup of air in the space between the lung and the chest wall, according to Web MD.
It often occurs after a chest injury like a broken rib, but sometimes occurs without. Hargitay's rep said she was not injured while filming her show "Law & Order: SVU," which sometimes requires strenuous physical sequences for her role as a police detective.
Her rep also said the NBC star, 44, will not miss any work on the popular show.
Hargitay "will appear in all episodes for the rest of the season," her rep said.
The cause of Hargitay's lung condition was not immediately known. Hargitary, 44, was a nominee for best actress in a television drama at the Golden Globes but did not attend Sunday's award ceremony.
"Let me not grope in vain in the dark but keep my mind still in the faith that the day will break and truth will appear in its simplicity." ~~~R. Tagore, Whisperings~~~