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Doctor insights on: Chest Wall Abscess

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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What is chest wall pain?

What is chest wall pain?

Various: Pain involving the rib cage or breast bone can be caused by muscle strain, virus, costochondritis, or rarely a tumor. ...Read more

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What causes chest wall pain?

What causes chest wall pain?

Chest wall pain: Chest wall pain is very common ie with lifting or straining. Costochondritis defines an area of pain and inflammation on the breast bone area. Sometimes a late sequela of a pulmonary infection. The worst cause would be pulmonary infarct causing pleurisy or pain worse with breathing. ...Read more

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What can cause chest wall pain?

Virus: Often times it is viral in nature but you need an ekg to rule out any cardiac problems or lung issues. Some people get asthmatic and later have chest wall pain. Chronic coughing from bronchitis, smoking, and other lung irritations can cause this as well. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chest wall pain?

What are the tests for chest wall pain?

We have to be: Careful, about possible cardiac origin, if that was addressed the second will be x-ray, cat scan and nerve block.
This usually address most of the issues. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chest wall pain?

What sort of disease is chest wall pain?

Chest wall pain: Chest wall pain occurs with a variety of conditions. In and of itself, it is such a vague complaint that is has very little diagnostic specificity. However, it may be associated with serious underlying disease processes and therefore should not be ignored. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chest wall pain?

Chest wall pain: Chest wall pain can be caused by shingles, pleurisy, pneumonia, or pneumothorax. If there is pain with shortness of breath, it may represent a serious problem with your lungs. ...Read more

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How can I get chest wall pain to go away?

Find the cause: Then avoid or treat the symptom.
Musculoskeletal: rest, ice, stretching
ribs- be sure no fractures or lesions. ...Read more

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Are there habits that make chest wall pain more likely?

Not that Iam aware o: Chest wall pain is the result of parietal pleural trauma, inflammation, infection, and pneumothorax. It occurs when the sensory nerves of the parietal pleura are stimulated.
The lung and visceral pleura did not possess sensory nerves and, therefore, do not promote chest pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Chest wall pain?

What is the definition or description of: Chest wall pain?

See below: Chest wall pain is a type of non-cardiac pain that usually describes pain that is reproducible by palpation. It can be costochondritis, muscle pain or potentially pleurisy (which isn't reproducible with palpation) ...Read more

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Does chest wall pain come on suddenly then kinda fades away?

Chest pain: Chest wall pain classically is exactly fully reproducible by local palpatiion of the area of pain;and it can be of sudden onset ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me how to cure chest wall pain that I am having?

Depends on the cause: Many things can cause chest pain. You need to see your doctor for a good history and exam to sort this out. ...Read more

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What can cause dullness and hyperresonance when percussing the chest wall?

Dullness on exam: Dullness on percussion during the chest exam suggests a consolidation in the lung. A pneumonia or mass can cause a consolidation. Hyperresonance is when the sounds from voicing are felt more strongly with the hands held on the chest wall or back. This also suggests a consolidation or a "full lung". Hope this helps.
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Why am I having chest wall pain? Makes it tough to keep working into the night.

Usually is: Chest wall pain is generally due to a strained muscle, contused or broken rib, or arthritis/rheumatism of the costo-chondral joints (the attachment of rib to cartilage). Heat, physical therapy, acupuncture and pain relieving drugs are the usual course of therapy. Many forms are self-limited and if persistent, further evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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What do I need to tell my fiance about my future health? I have chest wall pain.

What do I need to tell my fiance about my future health? I have chest wall pain.

Just the symptom: Unless there is a specific underlying cause for your chest wall pain (diagnosis made how?) ju know what it feels like and tell your fiance what is going on. Aside from that it will have no impact on life expectancy or "serious" events. ...Read more

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I am having pain, like spasms inside my chest wall. What could it be? How is it treated?

Could be: A heart attack, or angina, or muscle spasm, or lung lining inflammation, to name a few. The treatment depends on what the diagnosis is. ...Read more

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If you puncture a chest wall what can you expect to happen?

If you puncture a chest wall what can you expect to happen?

Maybe Pneumothorax: One possible outcome is a peumothorax (air in the space between chest wall ; lung). ...Read more

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How to prevent chest wall pain.

1st, sort out basis: Chest wall pain: many origins; commonly recognized include: skin, intercostal muscles, cartilage (connecting ribs to ribs & ribs to sternum), pleuritic (chest wall inner lining and/or lining of lung surfaces), bone, esophagus, heart and/or within the lungs, & the list goes on. Step 1: learn the anatomy. & 2. Work on seeing what either induces or more clearly: what changes the pain, when present. ...Read more

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Is chest wall pain always painful to pressure?

Usually is: Chest wall pain is generally due to a strained muscle, contused or broken rib, or arthritis/rheumatism of the costo-chondral joints (the attachment of rib to cartilage). Heat, physical therapy, acupuncture and pain relieving drugs are the usual course of therapy. Many forms are self-limited and if persistent, further evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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Any ideas on why chest wall pain won't go away?

Depends: On the cause. Unable to comment without further info. See your doctor for full evaluation. ...Read more

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What can be done to ease chest wall pain after surgery?

Multiple: Early: intravenous pain meds
oral pain meds, narcotics early and nsaids later
we use some local injections, or pain infusers in some folks after specific operations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an infection of the chest wall?

What are the symptoms of an infection of the chest wall?

Depends on where: Depending on where in the chestwall an infection is, the symptoms will be different. Symptoms also depend on how big and how bad the infection is. A small boil in the skin would look like a reddened pimple that hurts when pressed. A deeper infection may feel like heat, pain, firmness, swelling, fever, etc... Unusual symptoms should be checked by a doctor, as deeper infections may not be obvious. ...Read more

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Can chest wall pain feel like burning or squeezing sensation?

Cheat pain: Absolutely, although pain related to a direct injury usually does not present in this fashion. However, heart attacks can result in chest pain, pressure/squeezing and burning sensation. While unlikely in a patient of your age, you should see your doctor. "Chest pain" can come from many things, including reflux of acid from the stomach to the throat. Medical examination will be important. ...Read more

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Should I be retests if I still have pain after a chest wall contusion 10 weeks ago?

10 weeks seems long: But it depends on the pain (worse with cough and sneeze; always there: getting worse or just not completely better). Have you taken any medications for it? Trouble breathing? Were you x-rayed at the start? If you were seen by a professional, call them back. ...Read more

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Should I be re-examined after a chest wall contusion if I'm still in pain after 8 weeks?

Should I be re-examined after a chest wall contusion if I'm still in pain after 8 weeks?

YES!: If you have any type of chest pain, it should be properly evaluated by a medical professional. You would not want to make things worse. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a chest wall that caves in and protrudes but not have Marfan syndrome?

Is it possible to have a chest wall that caves in and protrudes but not have Marfan syndrome?

Yes: Normal people sometimes have a chestwall deformities. One should not worry about Marfan syndrome unless one has several of the physical appearance features (then a doctor's evaluation should be obtained). Having just one of the physical appearance features in an otherwise normal individual does not necessarily suggest Marfan syndrome or any other problem. ...Read more

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I have chest wall pain, I easily get tired. But am motivated to quit smokeing. Anyone can help?

I have chest wall pain, I easily get tired. But am motivated to quit smokeing. Anyone can help?

Co: With your symptoms, you need a full check up with blood tests etc. You may have test your thyroid levels. Good that you are quitting smoking. See your doc soon. ...Read more

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Had X-ray's yesterday, shown some sort of metal object in the chest area. How is this removed if not in trachea, but in chest wall?

Had X-ray's yesterday, shown some sort of metal object in the chest area. How is this removed if not in trachea, but in chest wall?

Surgery if in chest: Most likely needs to be removed by surgery. Have you ever been shot at or been in a war and had shrapnel sprayed on you? I would correlate with your past history of trauma or surgery in this region. ...Read more