An abscess is essentially an infection that results in a hole forming in the tissue. The risk factors for getting a lung abscess include having lung cancer, severe pneumonia, or accidentally breathing in something poisonous or harmful.
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What complications do lung abscesses have?
Lung abscess can lead to serious complications, including emphysema, spread of the abscess to other parts of the lung, hemorrhage, adult respiratory distress syndrome, rupture of the abscess, inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart, ...
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Can blood tests be used for lung abscess diagnosis?
Blood tests cannot be used to make a diagnosis of lung abscess, but they can be useful in ruling out other conditions. Patients with lung abscess usually have abnormally high white blood cell counts (leukocytosis ) ...
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What is the causative agent of lung cancer?
The vast majority of lung cancers are cause by smoking. Other known risk factors include inhalation of asbestos and exposure to radon (a radioactive gas that is produced by certain minerals in the ground). Exposure to two risk factors increases the risk of lung cancer very much. ...
What diseases cause lung abscesses?
About 20% of cases of pneumonia that cause the death of lung tissue (necrotizing pneumonia) will develop into lung abscess. Lung abscess can also be caused by the spread of other infections from the liver, abdominal cavity, or open chest wounds. ...
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What are major risk factors for Legionnaires' disease?
malignancy, diabetes, lung disease, or kidney disease. Other risk factors include immunosuppressive therapy and cigarette smoking. ...
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Asbestos and radon contribute to what type of health problem?
Both are environmental risk factors associated with the development of lung cancer. ...
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How are x-rays used for lung abscesses?
The doctor will use the results of a chest x ray to help distinguish lung abscess from empyema, cancer, tuberculosis, or cysts. In patients with lung abscess, the x ray will show a thick-walled unified clear space or cavity surrounded by solid tissue ...
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What are the risk factors for the pericardiocentesis procedure?
It is an invasive procedure, and infection of the puncture site or pericardium is always a risk. Possible complications include perforation of a major artery, lung, liver or heart myocardium. ...
What is independent and dependent risk factors of the disease?
Statistically: Dependent risk factors require other risk factors to reach statistical significance Independent risk factors are still statistically significant when adjusted for known risk factors ...