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Dr. Stephen Siegel

Pulmonology
NY
39 years experience

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Pulmonology

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Airway sensitivity: Airway hyperreactivity/asthma is an oversensitivity of the bronchial tubes to particulate matter resulting in persistent cough. Besides smoking as a c... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of cartilage between the ribs and is associated with a viral illness, smoking, and other causes such as trauma to the ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Sinus/asthma: The persistent cough suggests airway hyperreactivity/asthma. Smking, ipostnasal drip as well as gastroesophageal reflux commonly increase cough. The b... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Poor prognosis: Lung abscess occuring between the lung and chest wall is called an empyema and requires prompt drainage with a tube or surgery. Empyemas tend to be q... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Oxygen in , co2 out: The right ventricle of the heart pumps venous blood through the lungs after the body has absorbed oxygen and eliminated carbon dioxide. The venous bl... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Pessary: When the bladder drops down lower into the pelvis, the increased pressure reduces the capacity of the bladder and can cause leakage of the urine. Pul... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Both spread by blood: You are correct in that extrapulmonary and miliary TB are the same in that they both represent dissemination of TB through the blood stream. Miliary T... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Sleep ap treatable: Severe sleep apnea is treatable through proper use and calibration of breathing pressurized air through a nasal mask and a ventilator type device for... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Yes: Shaking chills and fever can be a sign of a bacterial infection. Often time pneumonia will start first with a viral illness such as a cold but if bac... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Multicauses possilbe: Blood sputum or hemoptysis can be caused by bleeding from the sinus in sinusitis. Some of the other causes include: re are many conditions involving ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Bladder too low: The bladder can drop into the pelivs with age and in women can be corrected with a pessary for example. Bladder leakage during cough is not normal an... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Prepare first,go slo: It is important to acclimate to elevation by lessening activity at the start. . Since oxygen levels are lower at elevation, we tend to hyperventilat... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Attacks organs: Wegener's granulomatosis (wg), also known as recently granulomatosis with polyangiitis results in inflammation of blood vessels vasculitis. Wg mainly... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Treat cause: Interstitial lung disease (ild) has many possible causes and some do not progress. For example inhaled substances, drugs, arthritis, and infectious c... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Yes: Group b strep (gbs) is a gram-positive streptococcal bacteria also known as streptococcus agalactiae. It is not the same as group a strep which causes... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
8 major types, 100's: In only about 1/2 cases of pneumonia no organism is isolated. Although there are hunderds of strains of pneumonia organims, most common are: streptoc... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Increase bradykinin?: When Capoten (captopril) (one of the ace-angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor) drugs causes a persistent dry cough it is best to stop and use anoth... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
No: Pneumothorax is a risk with barotrauma occurring during rapid changes in pressure causing the lung to overexpand. For example if a scuba diver is at ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Yes: The lungs do get "smaller" with age and lose some of their elastic recoil (ability to deflate with exhalation) but age alone should not result in brea... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Hope you feel better: Not sure what question is but i hope you can continue your treatment at home and be closely supervised by your doctor and home care health team.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Placenta supplies O2: The lungs don't breath when the baby is in the womb. Oxygen is supplied to the baby through diffusion from the oxygen in the mother's blood to the fe... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Drink fluids: Good hydration is helpful. Also evaluation for post-nasal drip/sinus problems as well as breathing capacity evaluation are helpful. If breathing cap... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Not malignant: A negative result by lung biopsy of a small lung nodule means it is not malignant. Other examinations of lung biopsies are performed to examine for e... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Yes: Sinusitis/allergic rhinitis can be treated with antibiotics for sinus infection and inhaled steroids(beclamethasone)/antihistamines (e.g. Astelin). Co... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Rarely: In people without history of cancer, 5 mm or less in diameter lung nodules have a <1% chance of being malignant. Lung nodules are generally followed... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Add other meds: Ventolin is a bronchodilators known as beta 2 receptor agonists. Ventolin bronchial tube muscles to relax opening the airways. If the medicine is us... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Low: A totally collapsed lung from a pneumothorax will generally not reinflate. A pneumothorax occurs when there is a puncture in the lung much like a bal... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
May be sleep apnea: Have your friend check the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Sleep tests can be performed in a sleep lab or with ambulatory sleep monitors which measure oxyge... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Tissues vs. blood: Hypoxia is low oxygen in the tissues. Hypoxemia is low oxygen in the arterial blood. Hypoxemia caused by low oxygen in air (such as high altitude), l... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Treatment and tests: A positive TB test means there has been exposure to TB and infection. A ct scan of chest, sputum cultures for acid fast bacilli, culture/biopsy of ly... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Costochondritis: Point tenderness is a symptom of costochondritis (tenderness in the cartilage between the ribs). Try putting ice on fhe painful spot and try tylenol... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Bronchitis: Pharyngitis/bronchitis can cause cough is often due to bronchitis/airway hyperreactivity and can be treated with inhaled steroids/antibiotics and step... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
More oxygen at apex: There is more ventilation and less blood flow at the apex of the lung. Since tuberculosis is a strict aerobe it grows better in the better oxygenated... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Antibioitcs,support: The antibiotics eerythromycin, clarithromycin, and Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds are recommended and are effective antibiotics for k... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Asthma treatment: Cough variant asthma may be what you are describing. Step wise asthma treatment can be helpful with steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. If spasms ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Check CPAP settings: The epworth sleepiness scale is a screening tool to see how sleepy you are as this may affect your memory. It is possible that your CPAP may need to ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
PPD/quantiferon gold: Would suggest getting a PPD and/or a quantiferon gold blood test checking for any possible exposure to TB as this can cause small nodules.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Smoke is dangerous: Smoke itself is what causes lung damage so herbal cigarettes are harmful. Smoke free nicotine inhalers/e-cigarettes/nicotine patches/nicotine lozenge... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Yes: Over the counter expectorants like guanefisin are thought to work by causing irritation in the stomach causing stimulation of secretions in the lungs ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Improvement: An improvement in breathing capacity after bronchodilator administration is helpful as it demonstrates that there is reversibility of the airway obst... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Sinus/throat/lung/gi: Phlegm in the throat can come from infection in the sinus, throat, lung (bronchitis or pneumonia) and gerd. Each of these conditions can usually be i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Connective tissue: The lung has interstital tissue which connects and hold the lungs together like a net. The bronchial tubes connect to the air sacs. Oxygen must pass... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
No, add other meds: Ventolin is a bronchodilators known as beta 2 receptor agonists. Ventolin works on the smooth muscle receptors of the bronchial tube to cause the mu... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Still in use: The iron lung encloses the chest and provides negative pressure causing the chest to expand and air to flow in through the nose and mouth. Iron lungs... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Bronchitis/asthma: Smoking causes irritation of the airways and leads to bronchitis/asthma. Air sac damage emphysema occurs later. Smokers who develop early symptoms h... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Heart valve problem: Pulmonic stenosis is narrowing of the heart valve leading from the right ventricle to the lung. If valve is constricted it can lead to "backup" of ve... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
It should not: The peg tube should be placed in the stomach and should not cause respiratoyr symptoms . The placement of the tube can be checked to insure that it i... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Open lungs up: Atelectasis of lung means there is no air iin a portion of lung. This occurs if a branch of the bronchi leading to that part of the lung is blocked b... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Yes but treat cause: Expectorant or antitussives are useful to treat the symptoms but a cough productive of discolored phlegm is a sign of infection. Elderly patients oft... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
VAT: Video aided thoracoscopy (vat) has greatly minimized pain in lung wedge resection. The lung is first deflated by in injecting air into the space bet... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Siegel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Aug 14, 2014
Definetly knowing what to do about cough spasms
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I have an APAP. Doc says my apnea level is now very low. I keep it set on CPAP setting because I don't like it when the air pressure drops below my prescribed 11cmH2O. I still wish it could be turned ...Read More
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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1983MD

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