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How can a pneumothorax occur at the apex of the lung after wedge resection? Chest tube still in place since 1/15/15.

How can a pneumothorax occur at the apex of the lung after wedge resection?  Chest tube still in place since 1/15/15.

Not healed: The pneumothorax refers to air within your pulmonary cavity, external to your lung. This occurs during surgery when the pulmonary cavity was opened up to resect a part of your lung. The chest tube under suction is an attempt to drain this air and fluid until everything is healed. It just suggests things are not completely healed yet. At some point, there are other options for intervention . ...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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I was diagnosed with severe histoplasmosis about a year ago. could I continue to have pain in my lungs due to it being untreated?

I was diagnosed with severe histoplasmosis about a year ago. could I continue to have pain in my lungs due to it being untreated?

Needs checked: Histo infections are usually self limiting in healthy individuals but can be serious in immunocompromised patients. It can be acute or chronic disseminated type and latent type also exists. Rare menifeatation can be Pleuritis manifesting as chest pains. Nevertheless needs complete evaluation by a Physician. ...Read more

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How histoplasmosis enter the body.?If a nodule in lung(3mm) remains unchnged for 6 months, does it mean histoplasmosis.What are the risks factors?

How histoplasmosis enter the body.?If a nodule in lung(3mm) remains unchnged for 6 months, does it mean histoplasmosis.What are the risks factors?

Lungs: Histoplasmosis is very common in ohio valley region. This extends all along mississippi region. It can cause nodules in lung and may be unchanged on x-ray or ct scan. Be aware of it and let your doctor know so you don't get operation for old fonding. ...Read more

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Is it necessary for me to see an infectious disease specialist after having lung surgery for histoplasmosis?

Is it necessary for me to see an infectious disease specialist after having lung surgery for histoplasmosis?

Yes: Most of the time histoplasmosis is self limited (meaning it will go away on its own). If you have underlying lung disease or are on immunesuppressants (organ transplant patient, rheumatoid arthritis patient, etc) it may be necessary to take an antifungal called itraconazole (sporonox) for a period of time (usually 30-90 days). A consult with an id specialist is very reasonable. ...Read more

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Ct thorax revels that 3mm nodule in lungs remains unchanged.Its 1 yr.Im so hapy, is it still be cancerous or it can grow in future or histoplasmosis?

Ct thorax revels that 3mm nodule in lungs remains unchanged.Its 1 yr.Im so hapy, is it still be cancerous or it can grow in future or histoplasmosis?

Likely no: 3 mm unchanged for 1 year is a good news, unlikely cancer. It is hard to say it is not a cancer, since thee are few very indolent cancers. But i see your age is 19, that again favour against a lung cancer. Unless there is a biopsy nobody can say for sure what it is. ...Read more

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What causes fluid in the lung?

What causes fluid in the lung?

Many things: See your doctor. There are many causes from lung issues like emphysema, bronchitis, pathology to heart issues like congestive heart failure. Consult your doctor for a thorough work up. ...Read more

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Why can't the lung regenerate?

Why can't the lung regenerate?

Lung: The only organs in the body that can regenerate are blood and skin. There are some organs parts of which can regenerate. Examples include lung, intestine ; liver. The cells lining the bronchi and the alveoli of lungs can regenerate. Alveoli are the tiny bubbles at the end of the bronchioles that participate in gas exchange. There are some organs such as brain and spinal cord which never regenerate. ...Read more

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Histoplasmosis (Definition)

Histoplasmosis is a condition in which a person becomes infected by inhaling the spores of the Histoplasma fungus, which is found in soil contaminated with bird or bat droppings. The infection causes flu-like symptoms, but can also cause fatal ...Read more