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CONTINUED) CAUSE WHAT IS IT? TYPICAL SYMPTOMS Pneumonia Lung infection Coughing up green or yellow sputum, fever or shaking, chills, coughing up blood, chest pain, rapid breathing Pneumothorax “Collapsed lung”: an abnormal collection of air between the lungs and chest wall Sudden onset of breathing trouble, chest pain, may occur after chest injury Congestive heart failure Heart becomes unable to Trouble breathing with pump enough blood to exertion or at night, history meet the body’s needs of heart disease or high blood pressure, weight gain Respiratory failure A condition in which the lungs cannot completely get rid of carbon dioxide Confusion, lethargy, sleepiness, shallow and rapid breathing Pulmonary edema A collection of fluid in the lungs Severe breathing problems that worsen when lying down, rapid breathing, coughing up sputum Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Lung diseases in which the lungs become damaged and do not work properly Cough, coughing up sputum, worsening after waking from sleep, more common in heavy smokers and people exposed to industrial dusts Tuberculosis Lung infection that can spread to other parts of the body Fever, night sweats, weight loss, chronic cough, coughing up blood, most common in people with compromised immunity, such as people with AIDS Pulmonary infarction or emboli The obstruction of a blood vessel feeding the lungs (embolus), sometimes causing tissue death in the lungs (infarction) Chest pain, apprehension, sweating, feeling faint, cough, coughing up blood, rapid breathing, sometimes history of calf pain or leg immobilization, such as on long trips 32 BREATHING PROBLEMS (ADULT) WHAT CAN CAUSE BREATHING PROBLEMS IN ADULTS, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CAUSE?
If you also feel abdominal pain, refer to the chapter on that subject for more information. Your Doctor Visit What your doctor will ask you about: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, change in bowel habits, black stools, change in abdominal girth, greasy bowel movements, weight change, gas, belching, regurgitation, anxiety, depression, relation of bloating to bowel movements, results of previous X-rays or ultrasound examinations. Your doctor will want to know if you or anyone in your family has had any of these conditions: abdominal surgery, ulcer disease, colitis, diverticulosis, alcoholism, liver disease, hiatus hernia, obesity, emotional problems.
BREAST PROBLEMS 27 WHAT CAN CAUSE BREAST PROBLEMS, AND WHAT IS TYPICAL FOR EACH CAUSE? BREAST ENLARGEMENT CAUSE WHAT IS IT? TYPICAL SYMPTOMS Puberty Period of becoming sexually mature, or capable of reproducing Enlargement of one or both breasts, common and normal in male and female adolescents Long-term use of certain medications Use of spironolactone (Aldactone), digoxin (Lanoxin), diphenylhydantoin (Dilantin), cimetidine (Tagamet) Breast enlargement in adult men Liver disease Includes hepatitis and cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) Breast enlargement in adult men, jaundice (skin taking on a yellowish appearance), alcoholism, small and soft testicles Testicular cancer An abnormal growth of cells in the testicles Breast enlargement in adult men, firm mass in the testicles CAUSE WHAT IS IT?
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