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What are the tests for pneumomediastinum?

What are the tests for pneumomediastinum?

Chest xray or ct: Pneumomediastinum is air in the central chest near the heart and great vessels . It can spread into the neck soft tissues.It can come from the lung, airways, esophagus or trauma. It can be seen often on a chest x-ray alone. Ct is very sensitive for even small amounts of this displaced air and can also evaluate the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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What is pneumomediastinum?

What is pneumomediastinum?

Air between lungs: The mediastinum is in the center of the chest between the two lungs containing the heart, esophagus, trachea and great blood vessels. Air in the mediastinum (pneumomedistinum) can occur from a perforated esophagus, trauma, severe asthma with alveolar rupture, after surgery, or in barotrauma in scuba diving . The underlying cause may need to be treated emergently. ...Read more

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What would happend if i smoked marijuana after i had pneumomediastinum?

What would happend if i smoked marijuana after i had pneumomediastinum?

It might recur: You might get the pneumomediastinum again as smoking marijuana is often associated with vigorous inhalations and holding the breath for an extended period of time under pressure. This can cause air to pop out from the lung and surround the mediastinal structures....Pneumomediastinum. Getting air around the lung, pneumothorax, can also occur and can be much more serious. ...Read more

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What will happen if I smoke after having a pneumomediastinum?

What will happen if I smoke after having a pneumomediastinum?

Nothing good: one of the things that we do when we smoke, sometimes unconsciously, is to hold one's breath to increase the amount of time the smoke spends in our lungs so that we get more nicotine out of it. Breath-holding increases the chance of a Valsalva maneuver, which can exacerbate a pneumothorax or a pneumomediastinum. Plus it does all its usual damage.Please talk to your doctor about ways to quit now!! ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can fly in a plane with pneumomediastinum?

No: You should not fly in a plane if you have air in your mediastinum. The condition could get worse with the lower air pressure at higher altitude. ...Read more

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Which exactly will happen if i smoke after having a pneumomediastinum?

Which exactly will happen if i smoke after having a pneumomediastinum?

Nothing Good: You will continue to damage your lungs and worsen emphysema as well as increasing your risk of developing lung cancer as well as cancer of the stomach, esophagus, colon, kidneys and bladder. You will continue to accelerate atheroclerotic changes to your vascular system, raising your risks for heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. ...Read more

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Can anyone provide me with further information on spontaneous pneumomediastinum?

Article on Pneumomed: Here is a good article on pneumomediastinum: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1003409-overview. ...Read more

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My 2 years boy had a pneumomediastinum in dec. Our doctor ask us to pass a second x-ray, x-rays are not bad for him at this age?

My 2 years boy had a pneumomediastinum in dec. Our doctor ask us to pass a second x-ray, x-rays are not bad for him at this age?

It depends: There should be minimal risk in obtaining a second radiograph to determine if the pneumomediastinum has resolved. Chest CT scans have much more radiation than a chest radiograph. The link between complications of radiation usually involves much higher levels of radiation exposure, eg multiple CT scans. ...Read more

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Could ehler's danlos present w/spontaneous pneumomediastinum? Desperate for answers. Ongoing GI bleeds and low-grade fevers (6+ months) with no explanation, livedo reticularis, definitely hypermobile

Could ehler's danlos present w/spontaneous pneumomediastinum? Desperate for answers. Ongoing GI bleeds and low-grade fevers (6+ months) with no explanation, livedo reticularis,  definitely hypermobile

A qualafied yes: Ehler-danlos is no just one conditiont. There are quite a few variations lumped together under this term. A vascular sub-type may typically cause bleeding. I suggest either a visit to place like mayo clinic or contact the ehlers-danlos national foundation. ...Read more

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2 recent ER trips. One w/spontaneous pneumomediastinum; one w/likely bowel obstruction (resolved). Had high WBC both times; no other signs of infection. If no infection, why given antibiotics?

2 recent ER trips. One w/spontaneous pneumomediastinum; one w/likely bowel obstruction (resolved). Had high WBC both times; no other signs of infection. If no infection, why given antibiotics?

High WBC !!!!: High WBC is a sign of infection. The antibiotics have kept the infection in check. Keep in close contact with your doctors as these are very, very serious events! ...Read more

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I had spontaneous pneumomediastinum. My CT scan noted "minimal interlobular septal thickening @ lung apices consistent w/pulmonary congestion". What does that mean and did the sp cause it?

I had spontaneous pneumomediastinum. My CT scan noted "minimal interlobular septal thickening @ lung apices consistent w/pulmonary congestion". What does that mean and did the sp cause it?

Spontaneous pneumo-: Mediastinum by itself is benign and resolves on its own, as opposed to pneumothorax which can be dangerous. Sp can be caused by activities that rasie pressure in the airway, such as in trumpet players or extensive coughing. The septal thickening is most commonly seen with fluid in the lung/pulmonary edema, which wouldnt itself cause sp unless it made you cough a lot. ...Read more

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What is the role of neonatal fellows?

What is the role of neonatal fellows?

See below: They are pediatricians that are undergoing further training. This training will help them to provide care for premature and sick babies. During their training, they will be involved with the care of neonates and help educate pediatric residents. ...Read more

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What is neonatal tetanus?

What is neonatal tetanus?

Affects babies <1mo: In cultures where tetanus immunization is not common, babies are born without any tetanus protection they would otherwise gain from their mother. If you add this to inconsistant hygene, unsterile tools used at delivery, or the application of dung(in some cultures) to speed the separation of the umbilical cord stump, these babies may acquire tetanus and die in the first month. ...Read more

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What is neonatal nursing?

What is neonatal nursing?

Neonatal nurses: They are nurse who have extra training and experience to take care of newborns at the neonatal ICU. Those babies could be in the hospital due to prematurity, infections, congenital anomalies, depression or difficult transition around time of birth, etc ...Read more

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What tests are done on newborns?

What tests are done on newborns?

Depends on the state: Many states have either few or extensive tests on the newborn for treatable or significant conditions. In my state dozens are covered including phenylketonuria, sickle cell, thyroid and too many others to mention. Sometimes we check for anemia, blood sugar or infection, : blood tests for ABO reactions are common if mom is o+ and we commonly test for jaundice without drawing blood using a meter. ...Read more

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What causes newborn to be jittery?

What causes newborn to be jittery?

JITTERINESS;: Newborn are normally jittery for sometime, refluxes are brisk, jark with sound, light, simple movement like taping the bed, etc. This is due to immaturity of nervous system, incomplete myelinization of axons, immaturity of neurotransmitters in brain, etc. Other causes: birth asphyxia (less oxygen), insult/injury to brain, poor feeding with low blood glucose, low calcium, maternal drugs, etc. ...Read more

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How much should a newborn be eating?

Depends: A brand newborn (1-3 days old) may eat only 1/2 ounce at a time, but a rule of thumb is 2.5 ounces per pound, per 24 hours. Divided into 8 -12 feedings. If the baby is breastfeeding it's harder to gauge, so we usually follow urine output instead -- at least 6 - 8 wet diapers / 24 hours. ...Read more

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Why do newborns wiggle around so much?

Spontaneous movement: The babies immature nervous has random muscle movements which maintain the size and tone of muscles long before the baby has any way to control them. It's sort of like a car running in neutral until they shift into gear. Muscles with no stimulation or movement shrink (think spinal cord injury or leg in a long cast).So the wiggles maintain basic muscle size until the kid learns haw to use them. ...Read more

Dr. Wendy Askew
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Leaking Air Inside Chest (Definition)

Pneumomediastinum is air in the mediastinum. The mediastinum is the space in the middle of the ...Read more