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Can cracked ribs cause a lung infection?

Can cracked ribs cause a lung infection?

Indirectly: The pain from the rib injury keeps you from taking regular deep breaths and this prevents you from clearing the build-up of "stuff" in your lungs that normally accumulates. Bacteria multiply and give you pneumonia. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Does having fluids around my rib cage indicate a common cold or lung infection?

Does having fluids around my rib cage indicate a common cold or lung infection?

Neither: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have a lung infection on meds, prednisone, flovent, ventolin, biaxin (clarithromycin) and nasonex. I have had violent coughs for 3 days my entire back and ribs hurt.

I have a lung infection on meds, prednisone, flovent, ventolin, biaxin (clarithromycin) and nasonex. I have had violent coughs for 3 days my entire back and ribs hurt.

See doctor: I realize that you are already under the care of a doctor and that you may even be treated for whooping cough. If your lung function is in reasonable shape, you should ask your doctor to prescribe you a cough suppressant for a few days. If you have not had a chest x-ray or spiral chest ct, perhaps your doctor may order one since you are not getting better. Any mold or cockroach problem at home? ...Read more

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Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Can chest x rays miss a lung infection?

Yes: Chest xray looks at the lung tissue superimposed on a the chest wall tissue including the ribs and all the muscles and thus can miss subtle findings. In addition, lung infection can be subtle, with presentation as a small focus of infection or a rather very faint infection area that can be very difficult to detect with xray alone. A ct study may be useful if necessary. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about COPD lung infection or chest infection?

Can you tell me about COPD lung infection or chest infection?

More info : People with COPD do get more respiratory infections than other possibly due to the reduce ability to remove bacteria, etc from the lungs. The "cilia" in copder's do not work efficiently and thus the bacteria, etc stays in the lungs and can cause pneumonia, etc. Of course the bets way to reduce infections is to stop smoking, get flu and pneumonia shots and try to minimize exposure to viruses/bacteria. ...Read more

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Chest hurts when I cough (have a dry cough) and when I breathe deeply. I feel it in my back too. Lung infection ?

Chest hurts when I cough (have a dry cough) and when I breathe deeply. I feel it in my back too. Lung infection ?

Pleurisy: Pleurisy is chest pain, often worse with cough or deep inspiration, that results from irritation of the tissues surrounding the lungs. It is most commonly caused by viral infections, especially in young people such as yourself. Other causes include bacterial infections, trauma, autoimmune disorders, tumors and some medications. ...Read more

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Develp sepsis treatd as chestinfection,days latr chest/lung cleared,sepsis ongoing,sepsis due to chest/lung infection?or how posible 4m anothr source?

Develp sepsis treatd as chestinfection,days latr chest/lung cleared,sepsis ongoing,sepsis due to chest/lung infection?or how posible 4m anothr source?

Sepsis: Sepsis is a process. It is a physiological situation that comes on as a result of trauma to tissue. You already know the source of the sepsis. There is not another source. ...Read more

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Do i need to wait until my lung infection clears up before getting a chest X-ray to check for cancer? Would the infection mask the cancer on x-ray?

Do i need to wait until my lung infection clears up before getting a chest X-ray to check for cancer?  Would the infection mask the cancer on x-ray?

Better to wait : A lung infection can make lung cancer more difficult to detect and could cause a false negative (where a cancer is missed). Many physicians do a follow up chest x-ray with 90 days of treating a pneumonia to be sure the pneumonia clears and to be sure a mass was not missed. ...Read more

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I have some kind of lung infection. My doctor gave me bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 800-160 for 10 days and my symptoms persist. Acne on my back and ache in chest on right?

I have some kind of lung infection. My doctor gave me bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 800-160 for 10 days and my symptoms persist. Acne on my back and ache in chest on right?

Reword this question: "Some kind of lung infection" means nothing. Cough? Fever? What is the DR's diagnosis? Any other meds? Ache in chest due to cough? How long ill? Effective therapy of bronchitis is time + inhalers. Antibiotic therapy is not effective for viral infections. While Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not the first choice for acne, it can be effective. If the acne is improved after 3 months, continue the med. Usually just 1 a d ...Read more

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Increased hearth rate when trying to sleep.. Pain/pressure left side of the chest. Mild cough, sore throat, mild pain in left lung.. Lung Infection???

Increased hearth rate when trying to sleep.. Pain/pressure left side of the chest. Mild cough, sore throat, mild pain in left lung.. Lung Infection???

Could be: You need to be evaluated in order to identify your issue and be treated. Infection is definitely in the list of possibilities. ...Read more

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CT show rectum perforatd,abscess's large fluid colection,Chest xray show lung infection,develps sepsis treatd as chest infection? why not blame pelvis

CT show rectum perforatd,abscess's large fluid colection,Chest xray show lung infection,develps sepsis treatd as chest infection? why not blame pelvis

Good Question: This is complex and should be reserved for discussion with u'r doctor or doctors who treated u. Certainly a perforated rectum is an emergency and can cause sepsis, but again, there seems to be a few things happening that make this more complex and not so appropriate for this type of forum . ...Read more

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Can lung infection cause cancer?

Can lung infection cause cancer?

Probably not: There is no evidence of a direct link between lung infection and cancer. Chronic inflammation (eg. Emphysema and, to a lesser degree, chronic bronchitis) confers a risk of lung cancer. There is a weak link between a history of pneumonia and a 15-20% higher risk of lung cancer, but compare that to 40 years of smoking, which increases the chance of cancer by 2500%. Its all relative. ...Read more

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Lung infection that cause a mass?

Many: Fungi like candida, blastomyces, coccidioidomycoses or paracocci can all cause infiltrates or processes that look like masses. Tb itself can cause a mass-like effect of tuberculoma and even pneumonia can cause mass like infiltrates and a scar later that involutes to look like a mass. Parasites do too. So we have to rely on symptoms, risks and the work up to make diagnoses. ...Read more

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Can lung infection cause d dimer results to be high?

Can lung infection cause d dimer results to be high?

D-dimer: This is a fibrin degradation product, a small protein fragment present in the blood after a blood clot is dissolved by fibrinolysis. It is named because it contains two crosslinked d fragments of the fibrin protein. It can be elevated in any condition in which there is inflammation of the lining of the blood vessels, resulting in clotting and dissolution of the clots. Used to measure risk of pe. ...Read more

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What three things can cause the lung infection pneumonia?

What three things can cause the lung infection pneumonia?

Bacteria, viruses,: Bacteria, viruses and fungi cause pneumonia. That is to say, there are hundreds of thousands of causes of pneumonia if not more. ...Read more

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I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

I have cancer am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

Probably not: True lung infections caused by candida are almost unheard of. People with severely suppressed bone marrow function can get systemic candida infections, but most such people are hospitalized in bone marrow or other organ transplant units or similarly immunosuppressed (but rarely cancer patients receiving outpatient chemo for example). "candida pneumonia" is almost unheard of. ...Read more

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I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get a lung infection caused by candida?

No: Although candida can be found in the sputum it can be considered a contaminant except in certain situations such as immunosuppresion (cancer, HIV etc) if a person with tuberculosis has a candida infection the above must be ruled out particularly hiv. Otherwise the answer is no. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more