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Is having a dent in the chest hereditary?

Is having a dent in the chest hereditary?

Sometimes: A dent in the chest is usually a sign of pectus excavatum. It ocurrs about 1:1000 live births. Mostly it is sporadic and sometimes associated with curvature of the spine or even repair of diaphragmatic hernia. ...Read more

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How frequently can a person have chest, dental x rays and not fear too much exposure to radiation?

How frequently can a person have chest, dental x rays and not fear too much exposure to radiation?

Only as needed: We really think that dental radiation is safe, and i believe it is, but most radiologists will quickly remind us that we really don't know everything. So only have the x rays taken that you really need. If a dds needs a full set, and it's been a while, you're going to be ok. Sorry, i can't speak for the chest x rays. ...Read more

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I am a dental hygienist and was just told that I have a small area of pneumonia on my chest X-ray and was prescribed an antibiotic. Can i go to work?

I am a dental hygienist and was just told that I have a small area of pneumonia on my chest X-ray and was prescribed an antibiotic. Can i go to work?

Pneumonia: As long as you are feeling up to it , don't have a fever , trouble breathing or a severe cough and you started taking your antibiotic, you should be able to work. As a hygienist i'm sure you wear a mask when seeing patients. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dental assistant took one xray for me but forgot to put a lead apron on me. She used hand held device. Is there a concern. Any chest radiation risk. ?

Dental assistant  took one xray for me but forgot to put a lead apron on me. She used hand held device. Is there a concern. Any chest radiation risk. ?

No worries: The dental X-rays use an insignificant amount of radiation. The average person is exposed to 3.2 mSv of environmental radiation each year. That means you would have to have about 700 sets of X-rays just to equal the level of natural exposure. ...Read more

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Going on second week of shortness of breath now at rest. Went to the clinic where the dr did EKG and said it was norm. Had dental wrk done 3 weeks ago, what could this be? Feel cold air in chest too.

Going on second week of shortness of breath now at rest. Went to the clinic where the dr did EKG and said it was norm. Had dental wrk done 3 weeks ago, what could this be? Feel cold air in chest too.

Not enough info: Ekg does not provide enough information to say that shortness of breath is not cardiac. You need a visit to your doctor or a cardiologist and you may need chest x rays and an echocardiogram. Do it soon! ...Read more

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Should I do & how much radiation CT scans for one dental implant causes vs regular chest/head CT scan or one digital tooth x ray. I am curious to know

Should I do & how much radiation CT scans for one dental implant causes vs regular chest/head CT scan or one digital tooth x ray. I am curious to know

Radiation dose chart: We only want to take the minimum number and type of x-rays or scans in order to properly diagnose and treatment plan. Without that we might either miss something or the final result might be compromised. Here is a good website for you to look at: http://www.Ans.Org/pi/resources/dosechart/. ...Read more

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What are thissymptoms heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, a fullness in the throat, cough, pneumonia, hoarseness, dental erosions?

What are thissymptoms heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, a fullness in the throat, cough, pneumonia, hoarseness, dental erosions?

Your symptoms: Your symptoms suggest that you should start by seeing your primary care physician for an evaluation. He\she may refer you to a gastroenterologist and ENT specialist. You should also see your dentist for an evaluation. Diagnosis and treatment is best accomplished by a one on one exam with the appropriate professionals and not over the internet. ...Read more

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Tightness in chest & throat/rapid heart after dental freezing and eye dilation drops.Possible allergy/to what? Dentist said reaction to epinephrine?

Tightness in chest & throat/rapid heart after dental freezing and eye dilation drops.Possible allergy/to what? Dentist said reaction to epinephrine?

Injection Anxiety: Patients receiving dental infiltration anesthesia generally experience anxiety related to the injection. It may feel like your heart is racing, profuse perspiration, pressure, or tightening in your chest; pain in your arms, neck, chest, jaw. Not uncommon. ...Read more

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Does a dent in the chest of my child mean that someone hit him really hard there?

Does a dent in the chest of my child mean that someone hit him really hard there?

Not if always there: Pectus excavatum is the most common congenital deformity of the anterior chest wall, in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally. It produces a caved-in or sunken appearance of the chest and can either be present at birth or not develop until puberty. The defect is usually cosmetic, but may cause cardiac or respiratory impairment if severe enough. ...Read more

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