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Difference Between Pericarditis And Pleural Pain
Different organs: The pericardium is a membrane that surrounds and protects the heart. When it is inflammed, for example by infection, the condition is called 'pericarditis'. The pleura are two membranes that surround and protect the lungs. Inflammation of these structures is called 'pleuritis' or 'pleursy'. The two structures are close to eachother, so symptoms can overlap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Big difference: Regurgitation refers to leakiness of a heart valve (we have four valve sin the heart through which blood flows into each respective chamber). However a pericardial effusion is collection of fluid in the pericardial sac between the outer heart muscle wall and pericardium ("skin around heart"). ...Read more
Fluid or not: A pleural effusion is a collection of fluid inside the chest, around the lung. A pleural based infiltrate implies a process within the lung itself, adjacent to the pleura - the lining on the inside of the chest wall and on the surface of the lung. The infiltrate could be a type of infection or possibly a cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dx vs. treatment: a pleural effusion in fluid within the chest space, usually, outside of the lung itself. a thoracentesis is a procedure where a needle is passed through the chest wall, into the fluid, and then drains the fluid out of the chest space. Sometimes, this procedure can cause a collapsed lung. ...Read more
Restricted vs constr: To oversimplify, one squeezes the heart from outside and the other restricts from stiffening within the heart wall. ...Read more
Whats the difference between pleural friction rub, pleuritic pain, pleuritis & pleural chest pain?
Intrinsic/extrinsic: Restrictive cardiomyopathy involves the heart itself becoming stiff and not filling properly which eventually can cause heart failure and need a transplant to treat. Constrictive pericarditis affects the sac around the heart entrapping the heart and causing similar symptoms but may be treated if needed by removing the sac from around the heart by surgery ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chest pain: New chest pain in a 40+ year old person requires urgent workup. Causes can include pain in the chest wall including muscles and connective tissues. More worrisome causes can include angina and heart disease. You can't always tell the difference by yourself, but your doctor can definitely help you through examination, ekg's, and other lab studies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Objective v subjecti: In medicine, we use different terms for subjective symptoms--that which the patient complains of in their own words; and objective signs--observations that the physician makes and notes down using standardized medical terminology. Dyspnea is a medical term the physician would note down if the breathing pattern was abnormal or slow (tachypnea=fast breathing). Chest fullness is a sensation. ...Read more
Several: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the sac around the heart (the pericardium) becomes scarred and shrinks, which does not allow the heart to fill fully. Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a condition where the pericardium is normal, but the heart muscle itself is diseased in a way that does not allow the muscle to relax and the ventricle to fill. The treatment for each is different. ...Read more
Different: When lungs get filled with fluid is called pulmonary edema as seen in heart failure , when air enters in the pleural cavity ; displaces lung ( pneumothorax ) as seen in reputes of lung bleb , both conditions will interfere lung function , can be lethal if untreated ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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