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What are pericardial tamponade, myocardial contusion, flail chest?

What are pericardial tamponade, myocardial contusion, flail chest?

See below: Pericardial tamponade is a serious emergency problem of fluid or blood collection in the sac around the heart, causing heart dysfunction. Myocardial contusion is a potentially serious condition of direct trauma and bruising of the heart muscle. Flail chest is a serious problem of multiple rib fractures in several locations on one side of the chest resulting in the lung to not expand correctly. ...Read more

Dr. Stefan Chock
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Chest Trauma (Definition)

Any injury to chest wall, lung , heart or other structures in the chest, apart from the spine itself. This may result from blunt force, blast injury, penetrating injury or sudden and massive ...Read more


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Muscoskeletal chest wall pain when bending head forward and when pressing chest. Some exercises? Remedies? Repetitive stress injury?

Muscoskeletal chest wall pain when bending head forward and when pressing chest. Some exercises? Remedies? Repetitive stress injury?

NSAIDS,Tylenelol: Injections with anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medications in or around the painful sites exercise that includes muscle strengthening and stretching physical or occupational therapy.Acupuncture or acupressure.Relaxation/biofeedback techniques.Osteopathic manipulation (a whole system of evaluation and treatment designed to achieve and maintain health by restoring normal function to the body) massa. ...Read more

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Would a torn rotator cuff cause chest bone/collar bone to ache?

Would a torn rotator cuff cause chest bone/collar bone to ache?

Depends: The answer depends upon where the tear occurred and it's severity; then there is always the referred pain component from the event...So i'll say yes. ...Read more

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Chest pain following mva could it be cracked sternum?

Chest pain following mva could it be cracked sternum?

It is possible: Cracked rib/sternum is common in mva in driver hitting chest on steering wheel or even the air bag, especially if you are older and have thin and brittle bones. Fractures typically cause quite a bit of pain right after trauma. If pain slowly came on 1-2 days after the mva, likely it is strain/contusion rather than fracture. Heart attack can cause this type of pain. Please consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Neck injury and tight chest, connected?

Neck injury and tight chest, connected?

Cardiac vs neck: A neck injury can cause radicular pain to the chest but it should not be assumed. Cardiac issues must be ruled out, then consideration of a c56 radiculopathy, usually, can be entertained. ...Read more

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Can neck injury cause chest pain?

Can neck injury cause chest pain?

Possibly: Irritation to lower nerves in the neck can on occasion manifest as chest pain. But ruling out the more worrisome causes of chest pain needs to be done. ...Read more

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Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket.Right handed/ no injury?

Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket.Right handed/ no injury?

Get evaluated: Although it would be rare for someone of your age to have heart trouble, shoulder pain is often seen with ischemia of the heart. Also, patients with injury to the spleen can have left shoulder pain. See you doctor and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Moving torso/lifting objects/etc causes sting/stab/burn pain on left side sternum. Breathing doesn't exacerbate. Costochondritis or intercostal pull?

Moving torso/lifting objects/etc causes sting/stab/burn pain on left side sternum. Breathing doesn't exacerbate. Costochondritis or intercostal pull?

Costochondral Injury: Teenage male with left parasternal pain aroused by mechanical stress of this region might have injury to junction where cartilaginous extension of rib joins sternum. Localized pain elicited by palpation of this junction is expected and is diagnostic. Heat, rest, avoidence of strenuous lifting, pushing, ; pulling should be accompanied by resolution in 2-3 weeks. If symptoms not resolve see doctor. ...Read more

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What's flail chest caused by?

What's flail chest caused by?

Trauma: Flail chest is caused by trauma to the chest, typically blunt force injury. The ribs are broken with this injury creating a situation in which it can be quite painful to breathe. Underlying injuries to the lungs and heart and structures in the chest may be associated with this and can help determine the managent strategy required. ...Read more

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Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Rarely: A massive rotator cuff tear can lead to shoulder instability (typically a subluxation/partial dislocation, but not a full dislocation). This may depend on multiple factors including the size, location and chronicity of the tear. On the other hand a traumatic shoulder dislocation can sometimes cause a rotator cuff tear, particularly in patients over the age of 40. ...Read more

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Minimal rt lung base collapse shown on chest xray cause? Shortness of breath when running no angina hbp tachycardia

Minimal rt lung base collapse shown on chest xray cause? 
Shortness of breath when running
no angina 
hbp
tachycardia

Talk to your doctor: Unless the collapse has been known to be present for a long time and stable, may represent infection, blocked airway (?Aspiration), congenital malformation, or even tumor (not likely in 17 yo). Can't give more detail without exam. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Normal back/ neck xray rule out spinal injury? Chest CT rule out spinal injury?

Normal back/ neck xray rule out spinal injury? Chest CT rule out spinal injury?

No: Plain x-Ray of the neck rules out a fracture, and dislocation, but not spinal injury; CT of the chest does not have the resolution to visualize the spine, only the bone. MRI imaging is better suited to visualize spinal injury. Best to see a neurologist and have a comprehensive neurological examination. ...Read more

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16 y.o. fem Sharp pain when taking deep breath in upper middle back between shoulder blade & spine. Hurts to bend. Chest x Ray & ECG Normal no injury?

16 y.o. fem Sharp pain when taking deep breath in upper middle back between shoulder blade & spine. Hurts to bend. Chest x Ray & ECG Normal
 no injury?

Costochondritis: In your age group the most common cause would be viral inflammation of the Cartlidge in the rib cage. It is very common and can cause a very severe and sharp pain. Is the area tender when you push on it as well as painful when you breathe? Treatment would include Motrin and application of ice pack. ...Read more

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Can chest compressions on a beating heart damage the heart?

Can  chest compressions on a beating heart damage the heart?

CPR: Depends how hard the compressions are. Usually this is done on an emergency basis when there is no pulse (no beating heart) and the benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Can sinus chest pain give you chest pain like a collapsed lung? Chest xray came back.Good

Can sinus chest pain give you chest pain like a collapsed lung? Chest xray came back.Good

Depends: It's hard for me to imagine the pain of a collapsed lung ( I have not have one) but i can imagine the sob. In sinus problem you cough and can cause pain, even rib fracture which was ruled out by xr. I can also cause sudden pulls on the intercostals, hence chest wall pain. The inflammation from the same cause as the sinus problem, even viral etiology, can cause pleurisy. ...Read more

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Does a rotator cuff injury cause collar bone pain?

Does a rotator cuff injury cause collar bone pain?

Possibly: The rotator cuff is located beneath both the acromion and the clavicle. The body has a tough time deciding where the pain is because of the low density of nerve fibers and organs in the area. Therefore rotator cuff pain can be across the back, in the clavicle or down the arm. You should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Purple brusing behind knees no injury. Heavness in chest, chest pain ?

Purple brusing behind knees no injury. Heavness in chest, chest pain ?

These are not: normal findings in a 41 year old. You need to see a health care professional and be evaluated for your symptoms and findings. ...Read more

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Can posterior rib fractures cause snapping scapula?

Can posterior rib fractures cause snapping scapula?

Yes, if multiple: Snapping scapula syndrome arises from either a soft-tissue or a skeletal anomaly within the scapulothoracic space that creates a cracking sound during scapulothoracic motion that patients associate with pain. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Flail Chest (Definition)

Dangerous condition that occurs when part of rib cage breaks from the rest of the chest wall. This is usually due to trauma ...Read more