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How often does chicken pox lead to respiratory failure?

How often does chicken pox lead to respiratory failure?

Around 40%: Varicella (chicken pox) pneumonia is rare, but has been cited to occur in about 1 in 400 adults with varicella infection. Of those patients that develop varicella pneumonia, approximately 40% may develop respiratory failure. Although respiratory failure is a significant cause of mortality in varicella infection, the majority of patients do recover. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

See below: In response to shock, the body secretes many substances, called cytokines, which may be damaging to the lungs causing an acute inflammatory reaction. ...Read more

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How does respiratory failure lead to papilledema?

How does respiratory failure lead to papilledema?

Not connected : In the intensive care unit where i practice, respiratory failure and papilledema can occur in the same situation but one does not cause the other. I can think of situations such as high blood pressure emergency causing both, or trauma situation, or meningitis etc. This is typically a very dire situation where danger of dying or remaining handicapped for the rest of one's life is quite high. ...Read more

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Which virus(s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Which virus(s) have chicken pox like symptoms but can cause kidney failure?

Viruses and Kidneys: I have spent a great deal of time researching your question. Hepatitis, hiv, hanta, ebstein-barr, west nile, b-k, and herpes varicella zoster viruses can all affect the kidney. The only one that has chickenpox-like symptoms is zoster though many of the others can have rashes but not vesicles like chickenpox. I hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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How does skin infectios and tonsilitis/pharyngitis lead to glomerulonephritis?

How does skin infectios and tonsilitis/pharyngitis lead to glomerulonephritis?

Streptococcus: Some people mount a curious immunologic response to streptococcus bacteria that ends up leaving immune complexes in the kidney. In children this most often self-cures; in adults it can be very serious. ...Read more

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How does organo phosphate poisioning lead to respiratory disorders?

How does organo phosphate poisioning lead to respiratory disorders?

Nerve activity: It causes a potent stimulus of your "parasympathetic" nevrous system, those nerves that cause constriction of the airways and secretion of sliva and mucus. It can lead to respiratory symptoms similar to asthma and severe bronchoconstriction, increased secretions, salivation and a rapid heart rate. ...Read more

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How long does it take untreated pneumonia to turn into acute respiratory distress syndrome?

How long does it take untreated pneumonia to turn into acute respiratory distress syndrome?

Hours to days: Pneumonia can cause respiratory distress in a matter of hours to days. Some cases of pneumonia can be very mild and might not cause significant respiratory symptoms even if untreated. Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) can occur due to any number of conditions, pneumonia is just one of them. It can happen within minutes or hours of the trigger. ...Read more

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Status asthmaticus and respiratory failure. How long can someone be in this state before brain damage occurs?

Status asthmaticus and respiratory failure. How long can someone be in this state before brain damage occurs?

Brain injury: Brain injury won't occur from these conditions unless oxygen levels are too low. Patients can be managed with each condition for a long time provided oxygen levels are maintained. ...Read more

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How can you clinically differentiate respiratory failure from heart failure?

How can you clinically differentiate respiratory failure from heart failure?

Can be difficult: ... Because the two are connected. You should see a doctor. History and physical exam, as well as imaging studies like chest xray, or, if indicated, ct or echo, can be helpful. ...Read more

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How come people with chicken pox can get shingles but normal people can't, and does that mean it could be bad to get vaccines?

How come people with chicken pox can get shingles but normal people can't, and does that mean it could be bad to get vaccines?

So shingles is: actually a reinfection of chickenpox. Which means if you didn't contract the chicken pox virus, then you won't have the virus in your body to attack and lead to shingles. If you have never had the chicken pox virus you can get the vaccine to prevent it. If you had the ckicken pox, then you can get the shingles vaccine which reduces (not eliminates) your risk of getting shingles. Hope that helps ...Read more

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If teens get lymphocytic myocarditis, how long it takes to worsen to heart failure ?

If teens get lymphocytic myocarditis, how long it takes to worsen to heart failure ?

Every person unique: I urge you to contact your cardiologist. They are the only doctors in a position to evaluate you child and determine how quickly the condition is changing, if at all. ...Read more

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How long does someone in a state of asthmaticus and respiratory failure have before brain damage occurs?

How long does someone in a state of asthmaticus and respiratory failure have before brain damage occurs?

Depends...: The answer depends on the person's oxygen level during the episode. If the oxygen level is maintained, then the brain will be undamaged. Whether or not brain damage occurs depends on how low the oxygen level in the blood becomes; the lower the oxygen level, the less time it takes for brain damage to occur. The time can be measured in minutes if there is little to no oxygen getting to the brain. ...Read more

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How does cocaine cause heart and respiratory failure?

How does cocaine cause heart and respiratory failure?

Vasospasm, directly: Cocaine usually leads to problems via vasospasm and severe high blood pressure leading to death of part of the heart. Smoked Cocaine can lead to direct lung injury itself (so called crack lung) and death. ...Read more

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How long does failure to thrive associated with cerebral palsy last?

How long does failure to thrive associated with cerebral palsy last?

Usually lifelong: Depending on the severity of the cp, failure to thrive is a lifelong problem. Swallowing, eating, feeding oneself, restricted menus, lack of proper exercise, loss of muscle mass contribute to low body weight in these individuals. ...Read more

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How long does a person have to live when diagnosed with severe liver failure and hepatic encephalopathy?

How long does a person have to live when diagnosed with severe liver failure and hepatic encephalopathy?

Depends: If they can tolerate and respond to supportive treatment, then can be months. Often those two diagnoses will qualify for hospice care, as not all respond, and most have other health issues complicating management. Untreated or no response to tx usually less than 1 month. ...Read more

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Can antiviral drugs make the infection to recurr instead of life long immunity? Ex: Chicken pox

Can antiviral drugs make the infection to recurr instead of life long immunity?  Ex: Chicken pox

Unlikely: Since exposure chicken pox, the virus is already replicating days before pox are noted. This is ample time for a person's immunity to start making antibodies. Recurrence of cp is more likely to be based on an individual's innate immunity when they first acquire the infection and later health. Rx needs to be started in 24 hours after pox appear, and important if newborn or other health issue. ...Read more

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Virus: I have chicken pox like symptoms but can it cause kidney failure?

Virus: I have chicken pox like symptoms but can it cause kidney failure?

Well chicken pox: Affects all organs. I do not know that it might cause renal failure on its own. But say you had borderline function already and then you got the virus. It is possible it would tip you over.... Many cases of renal failure are borderline with some other incidental mild nephrotoxity i would ask a nephrologist. ...Read more

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How does appendicitis lead to death?

How does appendicitis lead to death?

Bad complication: Death from appendicitis is extremely rare in the modern era. With good surgical treatment and potent antibiotics, most patient recover just fine. However, if the diagnosis is delayed, patient suffers from significant systemic illness, allergic to the appropriate antibiotic, has resistant infection that lead to severe sepsis, death is an unfortunate complication. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Respiratory Failure (Definition)

Respiratory failure describes the condition where a person is unable to breathe in enough oxygen to supply the tissues of their body. Respiratory failure can occur in severe cases of asthma, pneumonia, or any condition that prevents a ...Read more


Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more