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Dr. Douglas Arenberg

Pulmonary Critical Care
Northville, MI
32 years experience male

Locations

University of Michigan Lung Cancer Screening Program

Northville, MI

Address

39901 Traditions Dr, Northville, MI
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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University of Michigan Health System

Ann Arbor, MI

About

Bio

I am a pulmonologist but my outpatient practice is primarily focused on lung cancer, early detection, staging, diagnosis and risk assessment. I work at the University of Michigan with an outstanding team of radiologists, nuclear radiologists, medical & radiation oncologists, surgeons, and pathologists. This multidisciplinary team is in place to help people through a very difficult and stressful process, the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

Specialties
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Pulmonary Critical Care

Critical Care

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

399 Answers
139 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Unknown, unlikely: While some studies have shown improvement in lung function in pulmonary fibrosis patients who have surgical correction of acid reflux, none have prove... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Anti-coagulants: These help your body's natural clot dissolving mechanisms work more efficiently, and they reduce the formation of additional clots.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Fluid overload?: Can't give you an accurate answer without knowing more history, etc. But it sounds like some fluid overload. This would resolve on its own in an othe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Depends on the cause: Interstitial lung disease is not one problem, it's many problems with numerous causes. When you know the cause the best thing to do is treat the under... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Lots of things: Most chest pain of the sort you describe comes either from the chest wall (ribs, sternum) or the lining of the lungs (the pleura). The lungs have no p... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
True, true, and...: ... Probably related. Smokers cough is very common, and though i can't confirm that this is related to "smokers cough", you should see your doctor and... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Steroids for asthma: ...Are very unlikely to do you any harm, especially at that dose and for short period of time. You need to get help for the heroin habit, which is har... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
No!: Quitting smoking was your first present to your baby. Hte harmful thing would be to start up again.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Definitely. Do it!: Tobacco cessation requires 2 tasks. Overcoming nicotine addiction, and a deeply ingrained habit. Withdrawal symptomst last ~3 wks, and many can get p... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Not with "Infuenza": Many things get called "the flu" but actual influenza is a respiratory illness that does not cause gastrointestinal symptoms.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
ACE test: Is not helpful in diagnosing sarcoid. The test is neither sensitive for, nor specific to sarcoid. If calcified, its probably not sarcoid, but rather a... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Many: Bad luck, tobacco use, immune suppression (transplants or hiv), heart failure, immobility, and obesity.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
That depends: Its a tool used to diagnose (rarely to treat) lung diseases from pneumonia in people with suppressed immunity, to lung cancer, to many obscure lung d... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Why not?: It certainly is probable, as this is one of the more common causes of chronic cough. If your husband is a smoker he should have a chest x-ray. If you'... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Please see a doctor: Not only can't we tell you what's wrong, but even if we knew, we couldn't fix it. You need to see your doctor. If you don't have a doctor ask a frien... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Depends: Do you want to continue to subject yourself to a high risk of emphysema, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, or would you like to avoid this increased ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Probably: From the smell and the discoloration, a good dentist can tell.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
It can be bad: But it is treatable. The worst clots are the ones we don't know about. Most important thing is that it gets treated and that you prevent formation of ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
It might: A sneeze is a violent propulsion of air from your lungs/nose. That force has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is your stomach muscles.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Yes and no: Blebs are best seen on ct scans of your chest, but nothing (short of a prior history of "rupture") can reliably predict future rupture.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Get help: Lots of medicines and smoking cessation aids out there. Talk to you doctor and ask them for help. Ask your friends, family, co-workers and everyone in... Read More
A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Almost always, yes: Depends on your history and the appearance/location/shape of the nodule, but most often a follow up CT scan is the most appropriate test. Occasionally... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Maybe both?: They are not mutually exclusive and tobacco can make asthma MUCH worse. More importantly, there is no way we can answer this question online. We can t... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Yes: It is certainly possible that this encounter could result in a pregnancy. Any unprotected intercourse can result in pregnancy.
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
NO way to know: If you live in an area where TB is common, then such changes can reflect a past case of TB infection. If you live where TB is less common, these chan... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
LOTS of good things: Heart rate and carbon monoxide in your blood drop. Heart attack risk begins to drop and your lungs work better. Coughing, shortness of breath and ris... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Makes no sense: This sounds like a computer generated report that might have been mis-interpreted by you. Regardless, minor changes in pfts cannot be interpreted out... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Whoa, many ?s here.: First gotta find out what they are. Has you had a biopsy? If not then ask your doctor(s) about starting there. If you and your lungs are healthy, and ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Possible: But very unlikely. You can, however, pull a muscle or dislodge rib/cartilage connections which is equally painful.
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Many: There is no one best prescription. There are many different inhalers, most of which are inhaled steroids. I would avoid decongestant sprays because th... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Not long: After a routine uncomplicated bronchoscopy, it is typical to return to work the next day. This is not a procedure that is associated with any sort of ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
To complex: It sounds like pulmonary function test show 30% of normal lung function. It is an oversimplification to say that 70% of your long is not working well ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Nerve activity: It causes a potent stimulus of your "parasympathetic" nevrous system, those nerves that cause constriction of the airways and secretion of sliva and m... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
No: As you lay down, the fluid and other contents (air) in your intestines and stomach will shift with you, and this makes noise.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Many reasons: Nicotine activates primitive pathways in the brain associated 'reward'' and 'safe/secure'. This is the same primitive signal that we associate with ot... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Probably not...: All non-calcified nodules can be cancer, but >96% are not. The only way to prove its not cancer is watch it or take it out. For most, watching is b... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Yes to yogurt: Your body carries trillions of bacteria. This is nothing to be concerned about. We evolved in a world where numerically dominated by organisms that he... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
I am sorry...: ...To hear of your husband's troubles. Talk to your husband and your doctor or your husband's doctor. Tell them how you are felling. Ask about support... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Blood "thinners": The very reason they are useful is also their major side effect. They promote dissolution or prevent the formation of clots. Nobody should be surprise... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
See a doctor: Health care has always, and will always be best delivered in the doctor's office. Advice can come online, but healthcare comes face to face. This cou... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
They create memory: Flu-shots have parts of the virus that can't cause infection, but provoke an immune response. The virus continually changes, so that protection requi... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
See your doctor: A chest x-ray is usually a good idea for persistent cough, and its probably going to be normal. Three most common causes of the cough you describe are... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Help him: It sounds like he has fairly advanced lung disease, and this can because by numerous conditions. The best thing you can do is support your grandfather... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Be more specific: Do you mean a pressure in the chest, like a sense of discomfort? Or do you mean too much pressure to inflate the lungs? If you give some context, we ... Read More
A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Think public buses: Oxygen saturation is the percentage of hemoglobin molecules in your blood bound to oxygen. Normally, 95-100% of your hemoglobin is bound to oxygen, re... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Yes and no: Cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices. Perfected over many decades by tobacco companies who know how to get you hooked, in any given pack the nicot... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Critical: Surfactant keeps your lungs from collapsing, effectively defying the laws of surface physics to allow your air spaces to remain open and bring gas to ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Rest, ice, and...: ...Any anti-inflammatory medication will work.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Blood: In a nut shell- not much, in the chest, it can be a problem (sorry, couldn't resist the set up line). Hemothorax is blood in the pleural space, and it... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Yes, and yes: Sneezing is a defense mechanism, and merely means your upper airway and/or nasal passages are irritated. It can be irritation from allergies or from a... Read More

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Aug 1, 2013
An outstanding lung cancer specialist.
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Nov 30, 2012
please help me doctor.please.my hasband is 35 years old.his spirometry answer is: slight restrictive shape of curve. moderate expiratory flow limitation. further examination for extrathoracic flo...Read More
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I have no cough just the speckled phlegm. I did ask doctor. Several of them and they all said NO they don't think is cancer. Thank you so much I just get nervous sometimes and needed a bit of reassura...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you, I'm having a facelift and wanted to know how long I should quite before procedure... Thanks again for the fast answer!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. I did a spirometry and they told me it was COPD I just hope ai dont have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Most of the symptoms are there

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

University of Michigan
Completed 1993

Awards

Americas Best Doctor, Best Doctors
Henry Christian Award for Excellence in cancer research, American Federation for Medical Research
Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians

Affiliations

International association for the study of lung cancer
American Thoracic Society
American college of Chest Physicians
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