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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Pneumomediastinum

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I had spontaneous pneumomediastinum. My CT scan noted "minimal interlobular septal thickening @ lung apices consistent w/pulmonary congestion". What does that mean and did the sp cause it?

I had spontaneous pneumomediastinum. My CT scan noted "minimal interlobular septal thickening @ lung apices consistent w/pulmonary congestion". What does that mean and did the sp cause it?

Spontaneous pneumo-: Mediastinum by itself is benign and resolves on its own, as opposed to pneumothorax which can be dangerous. Sp can be caused by activities that rasie pressure in the airway, such as in trumpet players or extensive coughing. The septal thickening is most commonly seen with fluid in the lung/pulmonary edema, which wouldnt itself cause sp unless it made you cough a lot. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Leaking Air Inside Chest (Definition)

Pneumomediastinum is air in the mediastinum. The mediastinum is the space in the middle of the ...Read more


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What is pneumomediastinum?

What is pneumomediastinum?

Air between lungs: The mediastinum is in the center of the chest between the two lungs containing the heart, esophagus, trachea and great blood vessels. Air in the mediastinum (pneumomedistinum) can occur from a perforated esophagus, trauma, severe asthma with alveolar rupture, after surgery, or in barotrauma in scuba diving . The underlying cause may need to be treated emergently. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pneumomediastinum?

What are the tests for pneumomediastinum?

Chest xray or ct: Pneumomediastinum is air in the central chest near the heart and great vessels . It can spread into the neck soft tissues.It can come from the lung, airways, esophagus or trauma. It can be seen often on a chest x-ray alone. Ct is very sensitive for even small amounts of this displaced air and can also evaluate the cause. ...Read more

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What will happen if I smoke after having a pneumomediastinum?

What will happen if I smoke after having a pneumomediastinum?

Nothing good: one of the things that we do when we smoke, sometimes unconsciously, is to hold one's breath to increase the amount of time the smoke spends in our lungs so that we get more nicotine out of it. Breath-holding increases the chance of a Valsalva maneuver, which can exacerbate a pneumothorax or a pneumomediastinum. Plus it does all its usual damage.Please talk to your doctor about ways to quit now!! ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can fly in a plane with pneumomediastinum?

No: You should not fly in a plane if you have air in your mediastinum. The condition could get worse with the lower air pressure at higher altitude. ...Read more

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Which exactly will happen if i smoke after having a pneumomediastinum?

Which exactly will happen if i smoke after having a pneumomediastinum?

Nothing Good: You will continue to damage your lungs and worsen emphysema as well as increasing your risk of developing lung cancer as well as cancer of the stomach, esophagus, colon, kidneys and bladder. You will continue to accelerate atheroclerotic changes to your vascular system, raising your risks for heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. ...Read more

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Can anyone provide me with further information on spontaneous pneumomediastinum?

Article on Pneumomed: Here is a good article on pneumomediastinum: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1003409-overview. ...Read more

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What would happend if i smoked marijuana after i had pneumomediastinum?

What would happend if i smoked marijuana after i had pneumomediastinum?

It might recur: You might get the pneumomediastinum again as smoking marijuana is often associated with vigorous inhalations and holding the breath for an extended period of time under pressure. This can cause air to pop out from the lung and surround the mediastinal structures....Pneumomediastinum. Getting air around the lung, pneumothorax, can also occur and can be much more serious. ...Read more

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My 2 years boy had a pneumomediastinum in dec. Our doctor ask us to pass a second x-ray, x-rays are not bad for him at this age?

My 2 years boy had a pneumomediastinum in dec. Our doctor ask us to pass a second x-ray, x-rays are not bad for him at this age?

It depends: There should be minimal risk in obtaining a second radiograph to determine if the pneumomediastinum has resolved. Chest CT scans have much more radiation than a chest radiograph. The link between complications of radiation usually involves much higher levels of radiation exposure, eg multiple CT scans. ...Read more

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Could ehler's danlos present w/spontaneous pneumomediastinum? Desperate for answers. Ongoing GI bleeds and low-grade fevers (6+ months) with no explanation, livedo reticularis, definitely hypermobile

Could ehler's danlos present w/spontaneous pneumomediastinum? Desperate for answers. Ongoing GI bleeds and low-grade fevers (6+ months) with no explanation, livedo reticularis,  definitely hypermobile

A qualafied yes: Ehler-danlos is no just one conditiont. There are quite a few variations lumped together under this term. A vascular sub-type may typically cause bleeding. I suggest either a visit to place like mayo clinic or contact the ehlers-danlos national foundation. ...Read more

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2 recent ER trips. One w/spontaneous pneumomediastinum; one w/likely bowel obstruction (resolved). Had high WBC both times; no other signs of infection. If no infection, why given antibiotics?

2 recent ER trips. One w/spontaneous pneumomediastinum; one w/likely bowel obstruction (resolved). Had high WBC both times; no other signs of infection. If no infection, why given antibiotics?

High WBC !!!!: High WBC is a sign of infection. The antibiotics have kept the infection in check. Keep in close contact with your doctors as these are very, very serious events! ...Read more

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What cause bp?

What cause bp?

BP definition.: The blood pressure is the resistance to blood flow through the body. The higher number is the resistance when the heart pumps, and the lower number is the resistance when the heart relaxes and fills. High BP can lead to problems with the heart, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and brain. 95% of the time, there's no one specific cause perhaps other than genetics. ...Read more

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Cause of headche?

Depends: It greatly depends on the type of headache you have, location, quality, associated symptoms, etc, etc. ...Read more

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What cause dyspenia?

What cause dyspenia?

Short of breath: Dyspnea can be caused by anything that prevents taking a full, effective breath. Causes include obesity, illness, neuromuscular disorders such as ms, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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What causes nightmare?

What causes nightmare?

WorkingInternalFears: During sleep, our minds/brains work to both integrate awake experiences into memory &, as part of this, make sense of many issues, correctly or incorrectly, the best we can. Fears, anger & sadness, emotions we typically have the most difficulty with, are commonly repressed while awake; allows function & interaction with others. However, while dreaming, issues are worked on & sometimes remembered. ...Read more

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What could cause spasms?

What could cause spasms?

Many things: There are many causes of muscle spasms including muscle injury, electrolyte imbalance, spinal cord injury/disease and brain injury. There are a number of disorders of the brain that can cause spasticity as well. There are many other causes as well. ...Read more

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What could be the cause?

Cause of what?: If you can please tell us what problem you want us to give you an educated guess about, we can try to help. Be well. ...Read more