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How do doctors typically check your lungs?

How do doctors typically check your lungs?

Examination: We listen, feel and sometimes look. We use the stethoscope to listen to the breath sounds. Sometimes we assess the lungs by thumping on the chest and/or feel the quality of the vibrations transmitted. The other technique is to look by way of a chest x-ray. ...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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Can doctors check for serious lung probs by listening to chest/back?

Can doctors check for serious lung probs by listening to chest/back?

While many: Decry the low sensitivity and specificity of physical exam, serious problems like bronchospasm can only be detevted by phys ex. Pleural fluid can be as well. But i've never detected a 5mm nodule with a stethoscope. Wheezing stertorous breath sounds rales and rhonchi are still important findings and help secure a diagnisis. ...Read more

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If you have pleural effusion, does the liquid collect to the lower parts of the lung when sitting? Doctor only checked lower part of back with doppler

If you have pleural effusion, does the liquid collect to the lower parts of the lung when sitting? Doctor only checked lower part of back with doppler

Yes: Rarely, the fluid collection gets walled in and become fixed. But otherwise the collection will fill the lower parts first on gravitational force. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has 104 temp under arm and very lethargic, no other symptoms however, and doctor checked ears nose and lungs. What could cause this?

My 2 year old has 104 temp under arm and very lethargic, no other symptoms however, and doctor checked ears nose and lungs. What could cause this?

Infection: Your child has viral or bacterial infection and probably dehydrated. It is an emergency. Infection can be anywhere, including kidneys, brain, lungs, etc. Go to er or contact your physician now. ...Read more

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Can anxiety really cause you to be short of breath? I have felt short of breath for over two years now the doctors checked my heart and i did a lung function test to check for asthma which both came back fine. The doctor then told me I have anxiety and ga

Can anxiety really cause you to be short of breath? I have felt short of breath for over two years now the doctors checked my heart and i did a lung function test to check for asthma which both came back fine. The doctor then told me I have anxiety and ga

Hello. : Hello. I can't diagnose your condition. Panic attacks are a form of anxiety. They are discrete episodes in which a person feels overwhelming anxiety;can breath rapidly; feel short of breath;have chest tightness, pressure or pain; nausea or knot is stomach, dizziness, numbness or tingling just to mention a few symptoms. ...Read more

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I get breathless while talking an a tightness in chest have been checked by cardio and lung doctor what is the next step I have also lost weight 6 Kil?

Possibly stress: If the specialists you saw feel this is not primary lung or heart consider slowing your speaking down particularly if it is a stressful conversation. If you have not had full lung function testing where they look at all the function of the lung you should. You should also do a cardiac stress ECHO not just the ECHO. Hypertension a cause not always apparent at time at MD office. Maybe seek 2nd opini ...Read more

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Had CT to check arteries in lungs. 3mm nodule found. Intern. Med. Doctor said normal, no worry. Pulmonary said scan in 12mo. I need any more radiation?

That depends.....: If you are/were a smoker, yes, worth the repeat radiation. If you are concerned about lung cancer, and did not want any more radiation, any doctor that uses HDL (health diagnostic labs) labs can draw blood and run a lung cancer antibody profile. It has very high sensitivity, and is very specific towards antibodies the body produces against lung cancers. Not a smoker, try the blood test. ...Read more

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What do doctors do for a collapse lung the won't stay inflated?

What do doctors do for a collapse lung the won't stay inflated?

Surgery: Generally, minimally invasive surgery (vats), inspection of lung for "air leak", staple resection of leaking and/or abnormal region, and pleuradesis. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors just remove cancerous lungs instead of recommending chemo and radiation?

Why don't doctors just remove cancerous lungs instead of recommending chemo and radiation?

Depends on stage: Surgery is done and recommended for early stage lung cancer. When the disease is more advanced surgery can't remove all the disease so doctors recommend radiation and chemotherapy which works better than surgery for those patients. ...Read more

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Do doctors ever open up the lungs to figure out what's wrong?

Do doctors ever open up the lungs to figure out what's wrong?

Many options: No, not exactly. There are occasions to do exploratory thoracic surgery (enter the chest) and obtain biopsies. Ideally this will be minimally invasive, i.e. Vats/robotic. In addition, you can perform a bronchoscopy to inspect the airway or mediastinsocpy to sample enlarged or abnormal lymph nodes around the airway. ...Read more

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