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Can a pneumothorax cause burping too?

Can a pneumothorax cause burping too?

Pneumothorax: Yes. There can be irritation of the diaphragm or you could be swallowing air due to the physical effect of the pneumothorax. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Belching (Definition)

Belching (big burps) is a symptom in which a person forces air noisily from his stomach out through his mouth. Belching can be due to too much air or gas in the stomach. Sometimes, people purposely swallow air and belch it back ...Read more


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Is pneumothorax common?

Is pneumothorax common?

Yes: Pneumothorax can be spontaneous and occurs 7.4 and 1.2 per 100, 000 in men & women respectively. It also results after trauma, surgery, respirator therapy and needle biopsy of the lung. Some cases are treated conservatively, others require placement of a surgical chest tube for re-expansion of the lung. ...Read more

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Pneumothorax-- can it come on slowly?

Pneumothorax-- can it come on slowly?

Sort of...: It is estimated up to 10% of spontaneous pneumothoraces are asymptomatic and/or unrecognized. It is possible for someone to develop an asymptomatic pneumothorax that progresses and becomes symptomatic hours, even days later. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for pneumothorax?

Is there a cure for pneumothorax?

Yes: It may resolve on its own. It may require a catheter or tube to evacuate the air to relieve any shortness of breath. It may need surgery if it recurs to remove blebs (air cysts) at the top of the lung. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a thoracotomy for pneumothorax?

Why would someone need a thoracotomy for pneumothorax?

Prevent recurrence: Usually can be done with a video assisted technique avoiding a true thoracotomy. Recurrence is the usual indication for surgery or job/recreation that involve pressure changes such as scuba diviers and pilots. ...Read more

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What's catamenial pneumothorax?

What's catamenial pneumothorax?

Occurs with cycle: These pneumothoracis occur in relation to the monthly menstrual cycle. They appear to be related to abnormal (ectopic) endometrial tissue in the lung, in essence endometriosis of the lung. The tissue is hormonally responsive and "slough" with cycle, leaving small hole in lung tissue. This leads to an "air leak" forming a pneumothorax. ...Read more

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How a pneumothorax can cause heart to shift?

How a pneumothorax can cause heart to shift?

Closed space: The chest cavity is a closed space so if there is a puncture in the lung, air escapes through the lining of the lung into the surrounding chest cavity. Since it can't escape, the pressure increases pushing everything to the other side of the chest, including the heart. Decompression with a needle or tube is then necessary to relieve the pressure and allow the heart to shift back into place. ...Read more

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What's the most natural treatment for pneumothorax?

What's the most natural treatment for pneumothorax?

What's natural?: Time works if you are lucky. If not, you can die of a tension pneumothorax pretty quickly. Surgery is really the only definitive treatment for this but if the ptx is small and you are closely followed you might be able to avoid surgery. Hopefully you are seeing someone qualified. ...Read more

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How is it that a pneumothorax can cause heart to stop?

How is it that a pneumothorax can cause heart to stop?

Tension: A tension pneumo causes pressure build up with air and squeezes your heart until it can't beat anymore. ...Read more

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Should I be coughing blood after having a pneumothorax?

Not really: Pneumothorax should mostly cause severe sob and chest pain, coughing blood can happen if it is traumatic causing mure severe injury or some pts can have pneumothorax and hemoptysis ie catamenial pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Can you fly after surgery for a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Can you fly after surgery for a spontaneous pneumothorax?

Eventually: It is important you communicate with your surgeon. He/she will provide you with post-operative instructions including encouraged activities and any limitations. Depending on the extent of surgery and how things go after surgery, your doctor will give you instructions to assure your safety. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my newborn has TTN and a pneumothorax?

What does it mean if my newborn has TTN and a pneumothorax?

TTN and PTX: TTN is transient tachypnea of the newborn. It typically will resolve with time and usually requires only supportive care. Some infants may be born with retained fluid in their lungs and natural mechanisms to balance fluids are in place. The pneumothorax or collapsed lung, may be due to delivery and pressure on the baby's chest. The treatment depends upon the extent of the pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a pneumothorax can cause heart to stop?

Can you tell me how a pneumothorax can cause heart to stop?

If there is tension: If the pneumothorax creates a lot of pressure/air buildup in the chest, it can compress the veins draining into the heart and cause the heart to stop beating. This is called Tension Pneumothorax, and it is a medical emergency. If not promptly treated, it can cause death. ...Read more

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What happens that causes pneumothorax to cause heart to stop?

What happens that causes pneumothorax to cause heart to stop?

Blood flow: All blood from the right side of the heart go to the lungs, oxygenate then go to the left side of the heart to be pumped to the rest of the body. In pneumothorax, the collapsed lung has high pressure due to collapsed arteries and put too much strain on the right side of the heart to overcome, less oxygenation, and the heart may not be able to do it and it stops pumping. ...Read more

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Is a traumatic pneumothorax the same as a tension pneumothorax?

Is a traumatic pneumothorax the same as a tension pneumothorax?

No.: One can lead to the other, but they are not the same thing. A traumatic pneumothorax is one that occurs from any traumatic injury, as opposed to a spontaneous pneumothrorax. A tension pneumo is a type of pneumothorax that happens with leaking air gets trapped in the chest and pushes on the heart and opposite lung. It is a very serious condition that can cause death. It is luckily fairly rare. ...Read more

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I have tension pneumothorax. Why do the doctors need to use a needle?

I have tension pneumothorax. Why do the doctors need to use a needle?

Dangerous: A tension pneumothorax can kill and kill very quickly. That's why the doctors used a needle to get rid of the air in the chest that was causing the tension.

Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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What is the differential diagnosis of hemothorax vs. Tension pneumothorax?

What is the differential diagnosis of hemothorax vs. Tension pneumothorax?

What is in the chest: Tension pneumothorax occurs when air under pressure fills the space around the lung. This can compress the heart and impede blood from entering the heart. Hemothorax occurs when blood is filling the space around the lungs. You can have both air and blood in your chest. Both conditions can be dangerous and require management by a physician. ...Read more

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What does "icc" stand for with regards to a tension pneumothorax treatment?

What does "icc" stand for with regards to a tension pneumothorax treatment?

Intercostal catheter: Icc stands for intercostal catheter that is used to drain the air out of the chest in case of a tension pneumothorax. This tube is inserted in the space between ribs to reach the inside of chest cavity on the involved side & the other end of this tube is kept under water seal with/without suctioning to completely drain the air out of chest cavity. It is left in place until pneumothorax resolves. ...Read more