Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
162 Doctors are Online

Have swelling from the middle of the chest when I lie flat. Is this a arterial hernia?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 10396 Questions
when i lie flat on my back my middle chest protudes out and upwards ,from mid of chest center downwards towards my navell is this a arterial hernia? i am 65 yr old male
Posted Sun, 4 Nov 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 5 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The swelling from the middle of the chest is likely to be a soft tissue swelling. Such a large swelling is not likely to be due to an arterial hernia. Herniation in the middle of the chest wall is uncommon.
Costochondritis can cause an inflammatory swelling but it is associated with pain.
The best way to get the swelling diagnosed is to get it examined by a physician and go for an MRI scan which will help in detecting any deficiency or maldevelopment of the chest wall.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Pulmonologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor