What does one do if she experiences major chest pains and medical examinations reveal no heart or BP abnormalities? This is a particularly good question because it applies to all fields of medicine, and to all people who at some time in their lives will become patients (Yes, even doctors). If a person is experiencing symptoms that are not accompanied by signs of disease, or evidence in the form of an abnormal test, the diagnostic work-up will sometimes cease. Yet the patient still has the symptoms. What should be done? First, were all the elements of your complaint dealt with? Please see my prior posting about preparing for a visit to a cardiologist . It is appropriate for a visit to any physician. Second, what constitutes a full work-up for chest pain? This is actually different depending upon the likelihood of different processes causing the discomfort. Arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease is quite unlikely in very young people (but congenital disease may be more ...
An acute upper airway obstruction is a blockage of the upper airway, which can be in the trachea, voice box (laryngeal), or throat (pharyngeal) areas.
Airway obstruction - acute upper
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Causes of acute upper airway obstruction include:
in which the trachea or throat swell closed, including allergic reactions to a bee sting
, peanuts, antibiotics (penicillin), and blood pressure medications (ACE inhibitors)
(infection of the structure separating the trachea from the esophagus)
Fire or burns from breathing in smoke
Foreign bodies -- such as peanuts and other breathed-in foods, pieces of a balloon, buttons, coins, and small toys
Viral or bacteria infections
Alternative Names Cholecystitis - acute Symptoms The main symptom is abdominal pain that is located on the upper right side or upper middle of the abdomen. The pain may: Be sharp, cramping, or dull Come and go Spread to the back or below the right shoulder blade Occur within minutes of a meal Other symptoms that may occur include: Abdominal fullness Clay-colored stools Fever Nausea and vomiting Yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) Signs and tests A physical exam will show that your abdomen is tender to the touch. Your doctor may order the following blood tests: Amylase and lipase Bilirubin Complete blood count ( CBC ) -- may show a higher than normal white blood cell count Liver function tests Imaging tests that can show gallstones or inflammation include: Abdominal ultrasound Abdominal CT scan Abdominal x-ray Oral cholecystogram Gallbladder radionuclide scan
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