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what kind of lung problems can happen if your lungs are underdeveloped?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
As in a : Premature infant? The lungs require a substance called surfactant to keep the alveoli open, or the infant is oxygen starved. High doses of oxygen can lead to pulmonary fibrosis, and blindness (retrolental hyperplasia).

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Who is more susceptible to lung problems caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa?

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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Pre-existing lung DZ: Patient with COPD or cysytic fibrosis or bronchiectasis are more likely to have pseudomonas infection as well as those on a mechanical ventilator.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can my stepdad's health problems be because of his excessive smoking, even if they aren't lung problems?

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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Smoking causes a vast array of health problems, not just limited to the lungs. Smokers have higher risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and some cancers (outside the lungs) to name a few.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How do you overcome lung problems?

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Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 16 years experience
Depends: Like every organ in your body - lungs are complex and they fail in a wide variety of ways. Getting an evaluation from a person who can diagnose what is going on - only when a diagnosis can be established (or at least a small list of the likliest scenarios) van you be in position to realistically select amongst available treatments.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the lung dangers with glass blowing? I'm an artist interested in learning glass blowing. I heard that this has risks for developing lung problems. Is this true?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Although : Although the biggest hazard by far with glass blowing is related to fire and heat damage to your body and eyes, there are also some rare pulmonary complications that can arise from exposure to molten glass (silica) and some of the hard metals used to color glass (e.g. Cadmium). Pulmonary complications due to occupational exposure such as silica (glass) are referred to as pneumoconiosis. There are various manifestations of this, including acute lung disease causing breathlessness, fevers and cough as well as more chronic lung disease resulting in scarring and fibrosis. This in turn can predispose to infection with tb. If you develop any respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or fevers after you begin glass-blowing, seek medical advice from a pulmonary physician or occupational specialist.
A 33-year-old female asked:

Can swallowing coffee grounds over a period of time cause lung problems? Havwe not been using a coffee filter in my drip coffee machine for years.

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Unlikely: If you do not have a swallowing disorder the coffee ground are going to your stomach and not your lungs.

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