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Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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How does airway obstruction happen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

How does airway obstruction happen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Loss of elasticity: Tobacco and chronic inflammation destroy elastin, which results in small and medium airway collapse with exhalation. ...Read more

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Why does airway obstruction in chronic lung disease lead to hypercapnia?

Why does airway obstruction in chronic lung disease lead to hypercapnia?

Not alwasy: The more inefficient the damaged lung becomes at eliminating co2 the more you have to work to breath and the more work the more co2 you make. Once co2 is up for a period of time your body stops responding to theco2 &switches to o2 for the drive. Thus co2 rises even more as the body stops response to co2. This makes o2 dangerous to use. Most COPD get no rise in co2. You need a blood test to know. ...Read more

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Is chronic obstruction airways disease a progressive illness?

Is chronic obstruction airways disease a progressive illness?

Yes: Medical treatment can slow the progression of the disease and improve symptoms, but if you are a smoker and have copd, stop smoking now, it's the best thing you can do! ...Read more

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What is a chronic airways obstruction?

2 types: Maybe more but one is chronic obstructive that you see in emphysema (COPD) and another type is rare but is where a physical obstruction such as a tumor is blocking the airway. Most chronic obstr is due to genetic or smoking related or other environmental factors that break down good lung tissue and replace it with scar tissue. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinus drainage lead to chronic bronchitis and asthma ?

Can chronic sinus drainage lead to chronic bronchitis and asthma ?

Worsen asthma: Sinus problems, acute or chronic, can aggravate asthma in a person who already has asthma. It's less likely that the sinus discharge actually causes asthma. Chronic bronchitis is a condition caused by cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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Can adenoids cause chronic postnasal drip?

Can  adenoids cause chronic postnasal drip?

If infected.......: If chronically infected the adenoid can be the source of post nasal drip. This does not happen often however. Look at environmental/ inhalant allergies, reflux and other causes of rhinitis for more common causes. ...Read more

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What can causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

What can causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Not used for infants: There is a bpd, bronchopulmonary dysplasia that occurs in infants but i HAV never heard of the term COPD used in infants. ...Read more

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Can cystic fibrosis cause chronic bronchitis?

Can cystic fibrosis cause chronic bronchitis?

Bronchiectasis: Chronic airway infection in CF is common; it isn't the same as "chronic bronchitis" precisely but has similar traits (copious purulent sputum production, discomfort, airway obstruction). More commonly the chronic infection and mucus plugging lead to airway destruction, dilation in a condition known as bronchiectasis. Google cts of the chest for both and take a look at the differences. ...Read more

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Could enlarged adenoids cause chronic postnasal drip?

Could enlarged adenoids cause chronic postnasal drip?

The other way around: It is likely the other way around. Chronic rhino-sinusitis from any etiologies causes your adenoids to enlarge. Adenoids are local lymphatic tissues that drain from surrounding tissues. When there is chronic inflammation in the nasopharygeal area, adenoids will be big. Then with enlarged adenoids, they will further obstruct the drainage causing more congestion. An allergist or ENT can help you. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia cause bronchial obstruction?

Does pneumonia cause bronchial obstruction?

Other way around: Pneumonia is essentially pus that blocks the alveoli-air sacs. If a bronchus is obstructed by a foreign body or tumor, bacteria can get trapped in the undrainable lung and cause pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is smoking the cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Is smoking the cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Most frequent cause: Smoking or secondary tobacco exposure is the most frequent cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, it's not the only one, as some genetic conditions can predispose one to copd. So can the work environment. Go see your family physician for pulmonary function testing to confirm the diagnosis and then start treatment w/regular follow up pft to demonstrate proper therapy. ...Read more

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What leads to obstructive jaundice(distal cbd obstruction) secondary to choledocholithias with cholangitis?

What leads to obstructive jaundice(distal cbd obstruction) secondary to choledocholithias with cholangitis?

Usually a gallstone: Usually a gallstone causing obstruction of the common bile duct can cause sudden painful jaundice, sometimes with associated cholangitis (infection of the bile) This requires drainage and extraction of the stone from the common bile duct with a procedure call ERCP. Other causes can be tumors causing obstruction, which is more often painless and gradual. ...Read more

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Can allergy cause inflammation of neck airways(apart from nasal airways), leading to labored breathing?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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Can allergy cause inflammation of neck airways(apart from nasal airways), leading to labored breathing?

Possible: but only when it causes swelling at the throat would you have labored breathing. See an ENT to find out if you have any upper airway obstruction and possibly vocal cord dysfunction. ...Read more

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Can septoplasty cure chronic sinusitis?

Can septoplasty cure chronic sinusitis?

Not really: While sometimes a deviated septum can impinge on the sinus openings contributing to sinusitis, usually septoplasty is performed in order to improve the nasal airway. Ask your surgeon if any other nasal or sinus surgery is necessary to address your sinuses. ...Read more

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What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

Category...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one disease that causes chronic airway obstruction. Chronic airway obstruction is a more general category and there are other pulmonary disease that also cause chronic airway obstruction, like bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Obstructive and non-obstructive kidney stones?

Obstructive and non-obstructive kidney stones?

See below: Nonobstructive kidney stones are those that sit inside the kidney. When they move around and go into the ureters is when they become obstructive, and are more likely to cause problems. ...Read more

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What is chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction?

What is chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction?

Gut motility: This is a disorder of the motility of the intestines, which produces dilated loops of bowel which are similar in appearance to bowel that is mechanically obstructed, but there is no obstruction. It results from a disturbance in the nerve supply to the intestine or an abnormal response of intestinal smooth muscle. Symptoms can be abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting or constipation. ...Read more

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Is infection due to mumps causing obstructive or bonds obstructive azoospermia?

Is infection due to mumps causing obstructive or bonds obstructive azoospermia?

No: Some males, usually between 15 and 25 years old, may develop orchiitis, a testicular inflammation. However, it is almost always unilateral. Sterility is not seen. ...Read more

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Chronic Airway Obstruction (Definition)

Chronic airflow obstruction is a long term lung condition associated with difficulty in expiration. It is emphysema, asthma, and COPD ...Read more


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Occlusion (Definition)

This refers to how the teeth come together. There are 3 classifications: normal or class i, an excessive overbite or class ii, and an ...Read more