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What causes abdominal distension after lung surgery

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what causes abdominal distension after lung surgery
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 8 years ago.
What type of surgery, and please describe the onset and course of the abdominal distension.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
decortication on an infected lung april 08 20percent of lung removed
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 8 years ago.
the description of the abdominal distension?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
lung surgery decortication i already told you that
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 8 years ago.
But I'm assuming you're having abdominal problems, and that was part of your question?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
lung surgery decortication and distention happened immediately and has lasted from april 08 till now stop asking same question
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 8 years ago.
your whole abdomen has swollen, and, if so, has this been studied by your doctors?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
left side only cat scan taken no hernia nofluid no air
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
distension only
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 8 years ago.
Is you left diaphragm depressed--lower in the chest than normal?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
no
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 8 years ago.
Well, if the CT showed no abnormalities inside your abdomen and no hernia, the only other diagnosis is diastasis recti--a thinning of the rectus muscle of the abdominal wall. Why this would occur after thoracotomy is unclear. It isn't a dnagerous condition, but, if needed, a mesh can be sewn into the area to relieve the distension.
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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thanx first time distressed
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 3 months ago.

You're very welcome