Influenza is acommon infectious disease caused by the Influenza virus.
Onset is sudden with fever, rhinorrhea, sore throat and headache. Severe myalgias coupled with respiratory tract symptoms are typical of influenza. Patients may also have red, watery eyes and cough. There can also be tachycardia and dyspnea…
Sternal fracture refers to the disruption of the physical integrity of the breastbone. Most sternal fractures result from blunt thoracic trauma, often sustained in motor vehicle accidents.
Both PSF and ISF commonly result from blunt chest trauma sustained in motor vehicle accidents or falls. Less frequently,…
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Rib fractures are caused by blunt chest trauma, pathological, or bone-related disorders. They can be associated with high mortality and morbidity rates and should therefore be evaluated and treated promptly and appropriately.
The severity of complications is directly proportional to the number of affected ribs or…
Q fever is a common zoonosis due to an infection caused by Coxiella burnetii. The infection is acquired via inhalation of droplets from animal urine, feces or placenta. Acute Q fever is a mild illness that may resolve spontaneously. Chronic Q fever is a serious life threatening illness that has a high mortality.
Tietze's syndrome is described as the appearance of chest pain caused by swelling of the chondrosternal joints, most frequently involving the upper ribs. The cause is still unknown, and the diagnosis is principally made on clinical grounds. Imaging studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography,…
Acute bronchitis is a common, acute inflammation of the bronchi, with fever and a productive cough.
Cardiovascular There may be chest tightness involved depending on the severity. Although acute bronchitis is usually self-limiting with frequent bouts can lead to chronic bronchitis and possibly COPD and heart failure.…
Pneumonia is an acute or chronic inflammation of the parenchyma of the lung. Most cases are due to infection by bacteria or viruses, a few to inhalation of chemicals, fungi, parasites or trauma. Pneumonia is most commonly classified by the area of lung affected: lobar pneumonia, bronchial pneumonia and interstitial…
The sting of the scorpion causes discomfort (moderate to severe), which reduces over a period of time. Discomfort is often described as a painful or burning sensation at the site of the sting. Severe reactions of the sting such as difficulty in swallowing, blurred vision, seizures, uncontrolled eye-movements, thick…