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What is subcutaneous emphysema?

What is subcutaneous emphysema?

Air under the skin: Subcutaneous emphysema is a medical term used to indicate a condition where pockets of air have collected underneath the skin. This most often happens after chest surgery and frequently indicates that there has been an air leak from the lung or airways. It will dissipate or go away when the air leak has healed or is better controlled. This condition is temporary and not lifethreatening. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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For how long does it take for subcutaneous emphysema to be absorbed?

For how long does it take for subcutaneous emphysema to be absorbed?

Depends: Small ones and immediately treated can resorb in a few hours. If the source such as pneumothorax was large or is continuing, then it may take several days or weeks. ...Read more

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Hat could be the cause of getting subcutaneous emphysema randomly again?

Hat could be the cause of getting subcutaneous emphysema randomly again?

Subcutaneous emphyse: It requires free air generally entering from lungs. Often a lung bleb ruptures putting air into the subcutaneous tissue. If it seals rapidly the source may not be obvious. ...Read more

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How do you know if somebody need another or another X-ray of a subcutaneous emphysema?

How do you know if somebody need another or another X-ray of a subcutaneous emphysema?

Looking for reason: Subcutaneous emphysema alone is a self-limited problem. The rationale to doing serial x-rays is usually to find something else that may be treated such as a pneumothorax that had not been evident previously but may have been the cause for the sq emphysema. ...Read more

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Is chest pain and subcutaneous emphysema related?

Is chest pain and subcutaneous emphysema related?

Yes: Subcutaneous emphysema is typically a painful to touch condition, usually caused by physical trauma. Treatment is supportive as it is a self limiting condition in most cases. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the treatment for subcutaneous emphysema?

Please help! what is the treatment for subcutaneous emphysema?

None: Subcutaneous emphysema is the seeping or air into the looser tissues such as the skin and the mediatinum. Treat the source and let nature take its course, it will resorb once the source is treated. ...Read more

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Is it possible that the cpap device be a cause of subcutaneous emphysema?

Is it possible that the cpap device be a cause of subcutaneous emphysema?

Yes: We have to be careful with the pressures from the CPAP in people with blebs or bullae in that it can actually cause them to pop, cause pneumothorax and yes subcutaneous emphysema, rare but can happen. Sometimes when patients fight the pressure there is also increased esophageal pressure and may actually cause rupture (boorhave's), fortunately also rare. ...Read more

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Will getting lung reduction surgery fix my subcutaneous emphysema?

Will getting lung reduction surgery fix my subcutaneous emphysema?

No: Subcutaneous emphysema is usually the result of a collapsed lung (pneumothorax). It is treated with placing a drainage tube between the ribs to "suck" the air out from around the collapsed lung and allow it to reexpand. Subcut. Emphysema can take days to resolve even after the lung expands. Lung volume reduction surgery is really an elective procedure rather than treatment for an acute process. ...Read more

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Could a collapsed lung cause the same symptoms as subcutaneous emphysema?

Could a collapsed lung cause the same symptoms as subcutaneous emphysema?

Yes: A collapsed lung (known as a pneumothorax) can cause subcutaneous emphysema when air moves from the chest through muscle and into muscle planes below skin. Subcutaneous emphysema is usually a sign that a pneumothorax is present. Typical signs of a pneumothorax include dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pain, and fast respiratory rate. ...Read more

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What is the cause of emphysema in men?

What is the cause of emphysema in men?

Smoking: Smoking, smoking and smoking. Then there are genetic causes like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and rarely occupational exposures. In some parts of the world open pit charcoal burning can cause emphysema. ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of emphysema?

Emphysema : The elasticity of the lung is impaired in emphysema reducing the patient's ability to exhale resulting in wheezing and shortness of breath. Early symptoms may also include daily cough particularly in the morning. Recurrent episodes of bronchitis can occur as the disease progresses. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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Ok i've got emphysema. What should I do?

Stop smoking: If you smoke, stop now. There are many medications which help reduce the symptoms of emphysema (copd). You should consult with your doctor about which regimens are appropriate for you. You may require supplemental oxygen. Pulmonary rehab programs are very helpful. Stay away from other smokers and dusty environments. ...Read more

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Are there any pills that help emphysema?

Are there any pills that help emphysema?

Yes: The best medications for emphysema, or copd, are inhaled; however, there is a newly approved oral medication called Daliresp (roflumilast) that has been shown to decrease the number of COPD flares. This won't work when you are wheezing or short of breath, but it should reduce the number of flares you have by about 15%. Talk to your doctor to see if this is a good option for you. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of emphysema?

Usual symptoms...: Usual symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath, decreased blood oxygen level, decreased appetite, decreased ability to sleep, decreased activity level, cough, wheezing, weight loss, etc. The diagnosis is made by seeing chronic obstruction on pulmonary function tests, which can occur without any symptoms. ...Read more

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How should I help my husband's emphysema?

How should I help my husband's emphysema?

Stop smoking: First remove the cause by stopping smoking. Get on medications that improve breathing. Keep clear of second hand smoke and dusty environments. Wash your hands frequently to prevent infection and make sure he gets his vaccines. ...Read more

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Subcutaneous (Definition)

The hypodermis, also called the hypoderm, subcutaneous tissue, subcutis, or superficial fascia, is the lowermost layer of the integumentary system in vertebrates. Types of cells that are found in the hypodermis are fibroblasts, adipose cells, and macrophages. It is derived from the mesoderm, but unlike the dermis, it is not derived from the dermatome ...Read more


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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more