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Medicine For Flail Chest
Trauma: Flail chest is caused by trauma to the chest, typically blunt force injury. The ribs are broken with this injury creating a situation in which it can be quite painful to breathe. Underlying injuries to the lungs and heart and structures in the chest may be associated with this and can help determine the managent strategy required. ...Read more
Pain control: Flail chest is generally treated with pain control to allow the patient to cough, deep breathe and clear any secretions. Pain control can be obtained with IV narcotics, oral narcotics, subcutaneous pain pumps or an epidural catheter. Recently, there has been increased interest in fixing the ribs with plates. The jury is still out on this but is appropriate in the right patient. ...Read more
Rib fractures: A flail chest occurs when several ribs adjacent to each other ate fractured and a segment of the chest wall are then able to move paradoxically. During inhalation, the fractured ribs are sucked inward and during exhalation, they move outward which is opposite of the normal rib movements ...Read more
Not get one: Flail chest is when 2 or 3 or more ribs are fractured in 2 or more places (definition varies). Major issues are controlling pain and maintaining oxygenation. Ribs will heal on their own usually-take 12 weeks, cause they move when we breathe. For severe cases, we utilize titanium plates internally screwed into the ribs to stabilize them. This is becoming a more common procedure in the last 10 years ...Read more
See below: Flail chest, multiple ribs fractured in multiple places on one side of the chest, can cause inability of the lung to expand on that side. Usually ventilator support and underlying lung healing will allow the ribs to heal on their own. Rarely surgery is needed to fixate the ribs if there is too much damage or lack of self-healing. Chest wound is treated with cleaning, suturing only if appropriate. ...Read more
Flail chest: Dangerous condition that occurs when part of rib cage breaks from the rest of the chest wall. This is usually due to trauma to the chest wall. ...Read more
Until you're better: Ribs have to heal sufficiently to allow the thorax to function well enough for you to reliably breath on your own. Probably weeks. ...Read more
I agree: I agree with the other definitions above, but to be more specific, a flail chest is defined as three or more consecutive segmental rib fractures. This means the ribs are broken in two or more spots. ...Read more
See below: Pericardial tamponade is a serious emergency problem of fluid or blood collection in the sac around the heart, causing heart dysfunction. Myocardial contusion is a potentially serious condition of direct trauma and bruising of the heart muscle. Flail chest is a serious problem of multiple rib fractures in several locations on one side of the chest resulting in the lung to not expand correctly. ...Read more
1st rib removed. 2-4 resectioned. 5-6 separated from sternum. Is there danger in having 2-4 resection again? I have flail chest.
We were told he has a broken sternum, But paperwork also says closed fractures of multiple ribs with flail chest, What exactly does that mean?
Chest trauma: Has multiple broken ribs and broken sternum. ...Read more
I had an auto accident one year ago flail chest I continue to have labored breathing, pain, pain (feels like meat fork when I lay down)?
See your doctor: If you are having significant breathing issues, you should see your physician. ...Read more
Bad cough: You could have walking pneumonia- see an MD ASAP - ...Read more
My grandma told me that her chest feel pain in the night after she ate her medicine (diabetes medicine / chinese medicine) may I know why?
Have it evaluated.: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...Read more
...I have keloiids in middle of the chest. I use hexilak siliconegel. Two much irritation arond the point...Any good medicine for me. Plese....
Won't help: Get with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. This is not an easy situation but they may be able to help. ...Read more
Feeling like air is being knocked out of me? Fluttery feeling in chest? Coughing seems to help it to stop. 19y/o female. Non smoker. No drug use.
Sorry, no...: There is no easy answer for you. Meridia or phenteremine can sometimes help suppress appetite in appropriate patients, and upper body exercises may help a little more than general activity, but you must reduce calories eaten and increase activity expenditure to lose weight. ...Read more
Several options: For acute viral upper respiratory illness and no contraindications for medication: nsaids, aspirin or tylenol (acetaminophen) for aches and sore throat. Decongestant for stuffiness. Tylenol (acetaminophen) (and maybe intermittent nsaid) for fever. guaifenesin for excessive mucus. antihistamine/anticholinergic for excessive runny nose. And of course, adequate hydration and rest. ...Read more