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Old 01-16-2008, 06:54 AM   #1
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Question "Rice Krispies"

A co worker of mines mother is in the hospital and recently had surgery to remove a portion of ther lung due to a tumer.
She developed a condition called "rice krispies" while there, it is said to be air in betwean the layers of skin. Has anyone had any experence with this?

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Old 01-16-2008, 07:44 AM   #2
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Re: "Rice Krispies"

Yes I experienced that myself. That actually isnt the medical name for it, (I cant remember what its called) but that is what it feels like under the skin, like a bubblie hard to explain.
I had quite alot of it not too long ago with my lung surgery I had in November.
Its not painful, at least mine wasnt, its rather a gross feeling to both the people feeling it, and was to me as well. lol
It will disipate on its own Most times. Generaly its caused by a small "air leak" in the lung after lung surgery and the air gets under the skin. I still had quite a bit of it when I was discharged 5 days later. And STILL have a tiny bit now, but mostly gone.
Hope this helps explain it.
Take care, and I will say a prayer for your co-workers Mom.

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Old 01-16-2008, 08:41 AM   #3
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Re: "Rice Krispies"

It's called subcutaneous emphysema, and they probably didn't tell you the medical name because a lot of people panic and think that means they have emphysema. That's NOT what it is. Like Annette said, it's air trapped under the skin and it should dissipate on its own.

Hope this helps.

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