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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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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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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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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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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)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more