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Causes for a lung cavity - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :hi
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   good evening
Doctor :   Very Good evening
Doctor :   Yes, please proceed with your query
User :   i am having a popping sensation while breathing in...only when i lay on my back....
User :   feels like it is left lower lobe
User :   has been going on for around a month.....but again only when i lay on my back and only on inspiration
Doctor :   ok,
User :   i am an active fit 5-9, 170 pound 45 yo male
Doctor :   Do you have cough , if yes is it associated with sputum ?
User :   no cough at all, but feels like breathing through or that popping when you clear your throat...but much lower.....down deep
User :   it is very regular and predictable
Doctor :   ok, Did you ever had fever during the recent days ?
User :   no
Doctor :   The sensation you have does it seem like crackling or crepitating ?
User :   no, this is not is a single pop.....i am familiar with what you are describing..i am a paramedic
Doctor :   ok, Can you explain in little bit detail the sensation you are experiencing ?
User :   it feels like air is haveing to move over an obstacle or a "flap" that then pops open.....a single pop while breathing in...i can auscultate it and it is a very loud event over steth
Doctor :   ok , i understand
Doctor :   It could be either due to a lung cavity , a collapsed dilated bronchiole or the end of the bronchus being compressed
Doctor :   the best way to rule out these would be by an a High resolution CT scan
User :   this has been approx one month......should i seek assistance with this...? i have had no trauma
Doctor :   first i would ask you to get a Chest xray which can surely give a narrow idea after which you can proceed to the scan
Doctor :   i would consider yes, you have to consult a Pulmonologist with either xray or a Scan
User :   i see...should this be a priority.....or timely action for me?
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   it should be a priority one
User :   well, i appreciate your i should take this a little more serious than i have?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   what are the main causes of this situation?
Doctor :   either due to a lung cavity , a collapsed dilated bronchiole or the end of the bronchus being compressed
User :   ok, what in plain words is a lung cavity?
Doctor :   A lung cavity is a empty space opening into a bronchus or a bronchiole, the cavity is a resultant of the infection where the lung tissue gets denatured and liqufied
User :   thank you for your assistance, I will follow up in a timely manner with local health care providers.
Doctor :   commonly this process is toxic and do not go unnoticed , rarely due to TB and fungal ball it could be subclinical
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
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