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Can having scheuermann's kyphosis of thoracic interfere with lung function/breathing?

Can having scheuermann's kyphosis of thoracic interfere with lung function/breathing?

Extremely rare: When kyphosis angle exceeds 100 degrees (rare), the sharply bent spine puts pressure on the heart, lungs, and intestines. When this occurs, patients may tire quickly, suffer shortness of breath, feel chest pain, and lose their appetite. ...Read more

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Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Can Thoracic Outlet Syndrome affect breathing or the Phrenic Nerve?

Can Thoracic Outlet Syndrome affect breathing or the Phrenic Nerve?

TOS: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome involves the nerves traveling through the shoulder at the level of the 1st rib. The phrenic nerve does not typically travel through the outlet and is usually on the anterior scalene muscle that forms the anterior border of the outlet. Occasionally an accessory phrenic nerve may be dominant and travel through the outlet but I have not seen any cases with breathing problems. ...Read more

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What is congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

What is congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Variable defect: When the diaphram fails to finish forming, a hole is left between the chest ; abdomen ; bowel can slip into the lung cavity (herniate) before or just after birth(when baby starts to cry ; swallow air).If the lung forms well ; bowel slips later, there is a better chance of lomg term survival. Without room to form the lung on that side can fail.Rapid recognition ; suportiive care is a must. ...Read more

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Can you please describe minimal pleural effusion versus pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left..?

Can you please describe minimal pleural effusion versus pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left..?

History helpful: Some density, scarring, fluid- effusion may follow trauma, pneumonia, surgery etc. Also can be early sign of other lung issues. Full history and work up is indicated. ...Read more

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What is a cogenital diaphragmatic hernia?

What is a cogenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Hernia of diaphragm: A congenital diaphragmatic hernia is an opening in the diaphragm muscle that allows the abdominal organs to creep into the chest and affect the formation of fetal lungs. Growth of lungs is affected and this may gravely affect prognosis. ...Read more

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Is collapse of arytenoid into airway upon inhalation with strider/breathlessness in adult with normal vocal chord movement mechanical or functional?

Is collapse of arytenoid into airway upon inhalation with strider/breathlessness in adult with normal vocal chord movement mechanical or functional?

Depends.: Good question. Depends why it is happening. If it is occurring due to muscle tension dysphonia (inappropriate use of muscles of voice production), it's functional and may improve with voice therapy by a Speech a Pathologist. Other causes such as swelling or trauma are not functional, though it is not common that they are referred to as mechanical. Be sure to follow up with your ENT on this issue, ...Read more

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Symptoms of Thoracic & Diaphragmatic Endometriosis?

Symptoms of Thoracic & Diaphragmatic Endometriosis?

Interesting question: Metastatic endometriosis is a very uncommon condition where endometrial tissue is found in a part of the body other than the reproductive tract. It will still react to hormones on a monthly cycle no matter where it is. Symptoms of thoracic, diaphragmatic, pulmonary endometriosis can be chest pain, shortness of breath, neck or shoulder pain, cough (either dry or coughing blood), etc, monthly. ...Read more

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Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Asthma-like symptoms: Some people with hiatal hernias may develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), which usually causes heartburn. With severe gerd, stomach acid can reflux all the way up the esophagus and then down the trachea, causing asthma-like symptoms. ...Read more

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Can poorly or mildly controlled asthma cause one to chest breathe instead of stomach/diaphragmatic breathe?

Can poorly or mildly controlled asthma cause one to chest breathe instead of stomach/diaphragmatic breathe?

Asthma: Asthma can be caused by allergy, infections, gerd and many other factors often in combination. To better control asthma look and control the causes - don't just focus on the wheezing. A good pulmonologist can help sort this out for you. ...Read more

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What is diaphragmatic hernia?

What is diaphragmatic hernia?

Bowel in chest: Bowel pokes through defect in diaphragm and gets into chest cavity. Congenital causes poor development of the affected lung, causing a newborn to need a ventilator or ecmo. Adults can get with abdomen trauma, like stab wounds that cut the diaphragm. Less dangerous because lung is normal and should re-expand when fixed. Similar is hiatal hernia, where stomach slides through opening for esophagus. ...Read more

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Does a talc pleurodesis iinhibit breathing?

Does a talc pleurodesis iinhibit breathing?

Just the: Reverse. It's used to prevent pleural fluid from recurring in a malignant pleural effusion. ...Read more

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What causes a diaphragmatic hernia?

What causes a diaphragmatic hernia?

Birth defect: It is a failure of the tissue that will form the diaphragm musle to fuse in the midline and separate the abdominal compartment from the chest compartment. ...Read more

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What is a congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

What is a congenital diaphragmatic hernia?

Hole in diaphragm : While there are normally openings in the diaphragm to allow passage of blood vessels and the esophagus, sometimes there are additional holes where the diaphragm doesn't form properly. If the extra hole is big enough, some abdominal organs will migrate into the chest an prevent the lung from developing, which can be fatal at birth. Small hernias may never be noticed, or last until adulthood. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia or GERD cause heart symptoms and difficulty breathing?

Can a hiatal hernia or GERD cause heart symptoms and difficulty breathing?

Yes: A hiatal hernia and gerd can cause chest pain and palpitations. A large hiatal hernia can cause shortness of breath by crowding your chest cavity and limiting expansion of your lungs. ...Read more

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Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.

Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.

Many things: COPD should not cause "focal airspace disease" on any films. Typically when we report "focal airspace disease" it implies, but by no means exclusively, that you have pneumonia. There are nearly countless things that can cause these findings. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Chest expansion: Hello ~ your question as written is difficult to understand but if I do, you are asking if your lungs vital capacity will improve with deep breathing and lung exerciser. Yes it will but to a max predetermined by your body size When the chest gets bigger for body builders that is muscle on the outside and not much increase in lung volumes. If that does not answer resubmit question thx ...Read more

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What is pulmonary stenosis? Lung or heart problem?

What is pulmonary stenosis? Lung or heart problem?

Heart valve problem: Pulmonic stenosis is narrowing of the heart valve leading from the right ventricle to the lung. If valve is constricted it can lead to "backup" of venous blood into the liver, and veins can cause symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue. May require surgery or opening it up with a balloon valvuoplasty. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for thoracic dextroscoliosis?Have backpain including chestpain and difficulty of breathing.

What is the treatment for thoracic dextroscoliosis?Have backpain including chestpain and difficulty of breathing.

No short answer: Very complex question with multiple factors. Vast majority of thoracic scoliosis less than 45 degrees is non surgical . Shortness of breath from scoliosis is very rare, only with very severe curves of 90 degrees or greater. See your internist to find out why you are really short of breath. ...Read more

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What is minimal pleural effusion? Pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left.?

Explained below: There is a collection of fluid in an estimated small amount around your lung. On the left there is most likely a focal area of scar connecting the lining of the lung called the pleura with the diaphragm. Did you have an empyema? An infection in the pleural space and/or a chest tube placed? ...Read more

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Can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?

Can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?

It's still surgery: The answer is yes, it can be fixed with implants (not the best solution) and/or plastic surgery. Either procedure is surgery. In the past a procedure called the nuss procedure was used to correct the shape of the rib cage using an implanted metal plate and i assume you are referring to this procedure. Recently fat injections have been used to correct minor deformities. ...Read more

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How do you preform diaphragmatic breathing?

How do you preform diaphragmatic breathing?

Slow deep breaths: It is important to try to breathe slowly and deeply with the shoulders and chest staying pretty still. That will make the diaphragm (breathing muscle at the bottom edge of the ribs) push down. Most of the time the person will feel the abdomen being pushed down or out. This type of breathing is important for effective cough to clear mucus from the lungs. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Thoracic & Diaphragmatic Endometriosis?

Interesting question: Metastatic endometriosis is a very uncommon condition where endometrial tissue is found in a part of the body other than the reproductive tract. It will still react to hormones on a monthly cycle no matter where it is. Symptoms of thoracic, diaphragmatic, pulmonary endometriosis can be chest pain, shortness of breath, neck or shoulder pain, cough (either dry or coughing blood), etc, monthly. ...Read more

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Can Thoracic Outlet Syndrome affect breathing or the Phrenic Nerve?

TOS: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome involves the nerves traveling through the shoulder at the level of the 1st rib. The phrenic nerve does not typically travel through the outlet and is usually on the anterior scalene muscle that forms the anterior border of the outlet. Occasionally an accessory phrenic nerve may be dominant and travel through the outlet but I have not seen any cases with breathing problems. ...Read more

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Can having scheuermann's kyphosis of thoracic interfere with lung function/breathing?

Extremely rare: When kyphosis angle exceeds 100 degrees (rare), the sharply bent spine puts pressure on the heart, lungs, and intestines. When this occurs, patients may tire quickly, suffer shortness of breath, feel chest pain, and lose their appetite. ...Read more

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I have mild dextroscoliosis of the thoracic spine & upper backpain. Can it cause shortness of breathing? Which occurs more than twice a day

I have mild dextroscoliosis of the thoracic spine & upper backpain. Can it cause shortness of breathing? Which occurs more than twice a day

No: No. The finding of mild scoliosis (which is probably a curve less than 20 degrees or so) would not be capable of causing shortness of breath. Studies show it takes a curve in the thoracic spine of 60 degrees to cause subtle pulmonary function changes and usually 90 degrees to start causing clinical shortness if breath. Thank you. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for thoracic dextroscoliosis?Have backpain including chestpain and difficulty of breathing.

No short answer: Very complex question with multiple factors. Vast majority of thoracic scoliosis less than 45 degrees is non surgical . Shortness of breath from scoliosis is very rare, only with very severe curves of 90 degrees or greater. See your internist to find out why you are really short of breath. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of injury of the nerves exiting the neck and thoracic spine? Difficulty breathing? Loss of tone causing poor posture? Burning?

What are the symptoms of injury of the nerves exiting the neck and thoracic spine? Difficulty breathing? Loss of tone causing poor posture? Burning?

Radiating pain.: Although one could experience some shortness of breath, more common would be a radiculopathy (pain radiating to one or more limbs). Less common would be loss of tone causing a change in ones posture. ...Read more

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Trouble breathing for the last year. (Not asthma). Dr sent me to a GYN because she suspected Thoracic Endometriosis. GYN not concerned. Please help.

Trouble breathing for the last year. (Not asthma). Dr sent me to a GYN because she suspected Thoracic Endometriosis.  GYN not concerned. Please help.

Go to Pulm Doc: I don't know why your doctor thought of Thoracic Endometriosis, but that would be extremely rare. I would recommend you see a pulmonary physician for your breathing issue. A pulmonary physician will be the best person to help you deal with your breathing problems. ...Read more

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Severe pain in middle of chest and backpain diffculty breathing.Xray result says thoracic dextroscoliosis.Wat medicine can I take to ease my chestpain?

Severe pain in middle of chest and backpain diffculty breathing.Xray result says thoracic dextroscoliosis.Wat medicine can I take to ease my chestpain?

Followup: It is really based completely on the cause of your pain. Make sure you follow up with your physician to discuss the specific cause of you pain, your treatment options, etc. ...Read more

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I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

See doctor: Degenerative disc disease of the thoracic spine can cause rib pain, chest pain, and shortness of breath ( from pain) but it shouldn't cause palpitations. Palpitations, chest pain and sob can also be heart problems. Go see doctor right away. Make sure your heart is ok. ...Read more

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While breathing pain on upper right chest?

While breathing pain on upper right chest?

Several answers: Pain associated with breathing can be related to trauma involving ribs or muscles in area. Infection or inflammation in lung or lining around lung can affect breathing. Some individuals can have air leak or pneumothorax secondary to rupture of air cell. If pain continues should see doctor for examination, evaluation and possibly x-ray. ...Read more

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My left side chest pain while breathing, should I be worried?

My left side chest pain while breathing, should I be worried?

Pain with breathing: Pain with breathing could be due to a variety of reasons, e.g. Muscle, bone, lining of the lungs (pleural), etc. Not all diagnoses are "worrisome" however you should first be evaluated to determine what the cause of your pain is before one can tell if it is serious or not. ...Read more

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I have severe chest pain when breathing. What could be wrong?

I have severe chest pain when breathing. What could be wrong?

Chest pain: Severe chest pain on breathing in a 33y/o is usual pleural inflammation and generally will go away by itself. If it doesn't should consult your doctor to see if something else is causing it. Would usually resolve in a week or less. ...Read more

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Have had chest pains for 2 days sharp pain hard breathing dizzyness

Hello. : Hello. I don't know what is causing these symptoms. Although they are definately worrisome. I will list some of the symptoms of a mycocardial infarction (heart attack). Chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack. Between the chest pain, difficulty breathing and dizziness, i recommend that you be evaluated asap! ...Read more

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Pain in the left side of the chest and back. Also some difficulty breathing?

Pain in the left side of the chest and back. Also some difficulty breathing?

May be pleurisy: More information regarding your pain would be helpful. You may have pleurisy (inflammation of the lung and chest lining), the other possibilities are pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, pericarditis (inflammation of heart covering), muskuloskeletal pain, and splenic problems just to name few. Chest pain can be serious and it is better to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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