Pulmonary Symptoms – Pulumonary Diseases And Red Flags Pt2

August 2, 20130 Comments

PULMONARY SYMPTOMS, DISEASES & RED FLAGS PART 2 of 2

1. CROUP VS EPIGLOTTITIS

2. PLEURAL DISEASE

3. PULMONARY EMBOLISM

4. PNEUMOTHORAX

5. TENSION PNEUMOTHORAX

6. ASTHMA AND STATUS ASTHMATICUS

7. COPD

a) EMPHYSEMA-PINK PUFFER

b) CHRONIC BRONCHITIS-BLUE BLOATER

c) COR PULMONALE

8. SPIROMETRY

9. PICKWICK SYNDROME-NOT DISCUSSED

10. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SLEEP APNEA, OBESITY AND HYPERTENSION

This section deals with six of the most common pulmonary diseases and red flags you will ever encounter. In the first section we compare two pulmonary symptom red flags both of which are more common in children and can seem similar yet one, epiglottitis, is much more deadly. We discuss the red flag signs and symptoms of croup and epiglottitis such things as stridor and how a toxic appearing child might look.

Pleural disease is vast but many of these diseases present with common features which you will lean to recognize. In particular when a patient is in trouble you will be able to tell if the problem is pleural in origin usually by them signs and symptoms.Diseases involving the pleura have certain signs and symptoms.

Pulmonary embolism was always discussed in some of your western medicine classes and interestingly enough a disease of many young people too. I want you to absolutely clear on being able to recognize a PE when one presents itself which often enough can have few signs. A high index of suspicion and a good history helps. PE is an emergency and we discuss the details surrounding a PE and what to look for.

If it weren’t for pneumothorax I am not sure I would be teaching these classes. As I mention in the tutorial a patient was given a PNTX but nobody caught it. I decided that I would try to make sure that LAc’s knew about this disease, how to recognize it and what to do about it. After this presentation I think you should be pretty comfortable if one should present to you.

Asthma and COPD are on the rise and in the last section I go into some of the details of these two disease categories, their red flags, what similarities they share and what makes them different. In COPD we go into the two main types the pink puffer and the blue bloater. Cor pulmonale is often the disease these patients finally die from. It consists of right heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.

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Christopher Rasmussen MD, MS is Founder and Professor at AdaptiveTCM where helps Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners treat complex patients with confidence through providing online CEUs and research. Dr. Rasmussen is currently writing a comprehensive, preventive medicine book, with an emphasis on inflammatory components of disease prevalent in today's patients.

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