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What is a lung abscess?

What is a lung abscess?

Lung infection: Usualy caused by bugs aspirated from the oral cavity. Between the bug and the inflammatory response to the bug, the lung can form a cavity of destroyed lung tissue. The cavityh makes it diffigult for host defense and antibiotics to eradicate the infection and it can take many months to heal. ...Read more

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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Hwo would you get a? Lung abscess?

Hwo would you get a? Lung abscess?

Many ways...: The most common way is for bacteria that is already infecting one place to travel to the lungs. One of the more common sites is the mouth, particularly someone with bad teeth and and abscess. Fungal infections are usually inhaled and can result in abscess formation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lung abscess?

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What is the definition or description of: lung abscess?

Lung infection: A lung abscess is a focal collection of purulent materials (dead cells and bacteria) within the lung tissue, due to death of the surrounding tissue. Treatment is with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating lung abscess?

Are there official recommendations for treating lung abscess?

Drain, antibiotics: The treatment af any abcess regardless of location is drainage and IV antibiotics. Lung abcess sometimes drain into the tracheobronchial tree, sometimes spontaneously drain into the pleura thus causing empyema others require surgical drainage. This is a very serious complication of pneumonia. See your thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the natural outcome of the lung abscess?

What is the natural outcome of the lung abscess?

Poor prognosis: Lung abscess occuring between the lung and chest wall is called an empyema and requires prompt drainage with a tube or surgery. Empyemas tend to be quite acidic and increase in size destroying surrounding and eventually spreading to blood stream. Lung abscess in the lung also tend to increase in size and can enter the blood stream. People who get abscess tend to be in poor health to start with ...Read more

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What is treatment for lung abscess?

What is treatment for lung abscess?

Antibiotics drainage: If a lung abscess is outside of the lung between the lung and chest wall it is called an empyema and needs to be drained using a tube or surgical drainage culture and appropriate antibiotics. Lung abscess inside the lung are usually treated with antibiotics and specimens for cultures need to be collected. Full medical workup is needed to find out underlying causes as well. ...Read more

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What are the precautions to avoid lung abscess?

What are the precautions to avoid lung abscess?

Avoid infections: Lung infections should be aggressively treated with prolonged antibiotic therapu, in pt with chronic suppurative inf. Or immunocompromised pts, it could happen and hard to avoid, . ...Read more

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Could lung abscess be the cause of bad breath?

Could lung abscess be the cause of bad breath?

Yes, but no: A lung abscess is so completely rare when compared to oral reasons for bad breath. I would not suspect an abscess of a lung unless there where more breathing/pleurisy type symptoms. My first suggestion would be brush your tongue and drink water. See a dentist to determine if there is a true dental reason that you have bad breath if you are a smoker, stop now! ...Read more

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Are there different types of lung abscess? Bacterial/fungal after pnuemonia & flu a? How is the recovery after lung damage in 21yr old ventil' patient

Are there different types of lung abscess? Bacterial/fungal after pnuemonia & flu a? How is the recovery after lung damage in 21yr old ventil' patient

All those and more: There are various types of lung abscesses, most due to a bacteria. In a vent dependent patient the recovery depends on multiple factors such as reason on a vent, length of time vent dependent, type of bacteria, size of abscess, etc. Chance of having a resistant bacterial infection in a vent dependent patient is much higher. Iv antibiotics, perc drainage, and in severe cases, surgery. ...Read more

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When I had endocharditis I also had ten abscesses on my lungs and pneumonia. ...I've never been able to breath properly since...told half lung died...will I ever get better?

When I had endocharditis I also had ten abscesses on my lungs and pneumonia. ...I've never been able to breath properly since...told half lung died...will I ever get better?

Possibly: Once the body is seriously injured it can sometimes take months to years for a full recovery. I woukd talk to your doctor avout your symptoms to see if any further testing or treatments would be beneficial. ...Read more

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Can mutiple pelvic abscesses after lower anterior resection cause lung scarring?

Can mutiple pelvic abscesses after lower anterior resection cause lung scarring?

No: Multiple abscesses and a low anterior resection can not cause lung scaring. ...Read more

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What kind of damage takes places when abscessed serosanguineous fluid fills up internally (pelvis 2 lungs) due 2 anastamotic leak left untreated 6days?

What kind of damage takes places when abscessed serosanguineous fluid fills up internally (pelvis 2 lungs) due 2 anastamotic leak left untreated 6days?

Sepsis: The biggest risk is systemic infection where the infection spreads to the blood stream and starts causing severe inflammation and organ system dysfunction. Infected fluid in the abdomen can also lead to scarring in the abdomen called adhesions. Sorry that you are having to deal with that. ...Read more

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CT show rectum perforatd, abscess's large fluid colection, Chest xray show lung infection, develps sepsis treatd as chest infection? Why not blame pelvis

CT show rectum perforatd, abscess's large fluid colection, Chest xray show lung infection, develps sepsis treatd as chest infection? Why not blame pelvis

Good Question: This is complex and should be reserved for discussion with u'r doctor or doctors who treated u. Certainly a perforated rectum is an emergency and can cause sepsis, but again, there seems to be a few things happening that make this more complex and not so appropriate for this type of forum. ...Read more

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How to diff bw bronchiectasis and lung abcess patients by clinical presentation?

How to diff bw bronchiectasis and lung abcess patients by clinical presentation?

Can be difficult: Either condition needs a specialist management, good luck ...Read more

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I have an old cyst that used to be an abscess on my chest just above my left breast. Will this show on the x ray?

I have an old cyst that used to be an abscess on my chest just above my left breast. Will this show on the x ray?

Xrays: X-rays are not the ideal test for evaluation of an abscess or cyst. Soft tissue structures will better be visible using an ultrasound, ct scan or mri. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that I now have Pleural thickening as a result of a perforated esophagus and a 5 centimeter Abscess with pleuritic chest pain?

Should I be concerned that I now have Pleural thickening as a result of a perforated esophagus and a 5 centimeter Abscess with pleuritic chest pain?

Mgt: I would suggest cultures of the abscess fluid to include bacterial and TB tests. The thickening may be reactive scarring, but the fluid should be analyzed to guide further management. ...Read more

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Feel sensation in my chest by my heart. Have an abscess tooth being treated by clindamyacin. Feel fine, smoke n drink also have anxiety should I worry?

Feel sensation in my chest by my heart. Have an abscess tooth being treated by clindamyacin. Feel fine, smoke n drink also have anxiety should I worry?

You should: Pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP is warranted, especially if you smoke and drink. See your doctor for further investigation, tests and treatment. A tooth abscess or gum abscess won't go away without dental treatment. See a dentist for evaluation and x-ray. And yes, quit smoking and drinking. ...Read more

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Could my tooth abscess be traveling to my heart? Been having pains in chest with rapid heart beat along with anxiety

Abscess can seed: Other areas but you may also be experiencing panic attacks. Please have this medically evaluated by a dentist ASAP. If you can't see a dentist an ER / Urgent care may be able to provide temporizing antibiotics. Fever? Weakness? Fatigue? Dentist is still essential. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a bad abcess with cellulitis on my leg I don't have insurance is there anything I can do at home to help and can cellulitis cause chest pain?

I have a bad abcess with cellulitis on my leg I don't have insurance is there anything I can do at home to help and can cellulitis cause chest pain?

See doc: While I sympathathize, I would not advise trying to treat what you describe as a bad abscess at home. Typically this will need antibiotics and incision/drainage. An urgent care can likely do this for you reasonably cheaply. Sometimes the abscess may spontaneously rupture and drain, and you could place a warm moist towel to try to expedite this, but you need to see a doc. Chest pain needs doc. ...Read more

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I had an abcess on my gum and it burst. I swallowed the puss now I'm getting chest pains. Is this normal?

Unrelated: The fact that you swallowed the drainage from your access would not cause you chest pains
but chronic gum disease is correlated with heart disease ...Read more

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Can infected abcess teeth cause pain in the chest? I am currently taking antibiotics for infection on 2 of my molars. And having them removed.

Can infected abcess teeth cause pain in the chest? I am currently taking antibiotics for infection on 2 of my molars. And having them removed.

Rare, but possible: It is extremely rare, but infections of lower back teeth can drain and spread into the chest, even into the pericardial sac (the tissue bag that surrounds the heart). This is very serious and could be life-threatening. If you fear this might be your situation, see a physician asap. ...Read more

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Cold sympts over 2 mo. Lately, feel something stuck in chest/throat. 2 days go started ciprofloxacin 500mg. Burning armpits, chest, spine severe at nite. Chills. No sweat. F- 98.6.Not so much daytime. Abcess?

Cold sympts over 2 mo. Lately, feel something stuck in chest/throat. 2 days go started ciprofloxacin 500mg. Burning armpits, chest, spine severe at nite. Chills. No sweat. F- 98.6.Not so much daytime. Abcess?

Ciprofoxin: The proximity of the "new" symptoms to the start of the cipro, is highly suspicious for an allergic reaction to the antibiotic: http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/ciprofloxacin-side-effects. Html. I would contact your doctor immediately and discuss these sx with him. As for the "lump in the throat, " although it could represent an abscess, it might be bronchitis. Either way, contact your md immediately. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen temples, lymph node swelling in the neck and chest, abdomen and groin, anemia, weakness and abcesses near lymph node areas, ?

What can cause swollen temples, lymph node swelling in the neck and chest, abdomen and groin, anemia, weakness and abcesses near lymph node areas, ?

Too many problems to: We can not sort out all your problems via email messages. You need to go see a doctor who can give you a complete physical exam and run tests to confirm what you say you have wrong before we can tell you what is causing you these multiple problems and clarify your concerns. ...Read more

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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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Lung Abscess (Definition)

A focal collection of dead cells and bacteria within the lung tissue, due to death of the surrounding tissue. Can ...Read more