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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Pulmonary Fibrosis (Definition)

A lung condition in which there is progressive scarring of the lung tissue. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, ...Read more


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Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

Yes: Typically, patients are in their forties and fifties when diagnosed. Pulmonary fibrosis could be idiopathic (unknown cause), or due to asbestosis, silicosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus (sle), sarcoidosis, certain medications, radiation and many more. ...Read more

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Can emphysema affect small children?

Can emphysema affect small children?

Yes: 3% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can have interstitial pulmonary emphysema. There is a genetic condition that causes low levels of an enzyme that protects the lungs, and these patients can get emphysema even without smoking, but it does not affect small children. (it might be apparent in their 30's or 40's). Thanks @yayayarndiva. ...Read more

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Does restrictive lung disease affect children?

Does restrictive lung disease affect children?

Yes: But more often children are affected be "reactive or constrictive" lung disease like asthma.Restrictive lung disease(think emphysema) usually affects older people(cystic fibrosis is the exception). ...Read more

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Does COPD affect older adults?

Does COPD affect older adults?

Yes: COPD is more common in older adults than younger ones. It is commonly caused by long-term smoking, but can also be caused by a condition called alpha-1-antitrypsin (aat) deficiency. Non-smokers and younger adults who are diagnosed with COPD are strongly urged to get tested for aat deficiency. Some even recommend that any person with COPD should be tested for aat deficiency. ...Read more

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Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?

Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?

Yes: People with chronic respiratory diseases should avoid heavily polluted air. Air quality alerts are issued for areas when there is a high concentration of pollution. These are usually reported on the local weather reports. In some instances, poor air quality can even cause chronic lung disease. For more information on this, go to the american lung association website. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia in children damage their lungs?

Does pneumonia in children damage their lungs?

Most often no: Kids' lungs are quite resilient and a quite good at healing very well after infections. Even after severe infections. The vast majority of children recover extremely well after a pneumonia with no future problems. ...Read more

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Can children develop heart issues?

Can children develop heart issues?

Depends: There are rare conditions where kids develop coronary issues like an adult (progeria, kawasaki disease).Most kid heart issues relate to defects in the way their heart was formed, and those issues can be quite substantial. Kids are also more susceptible to rheumatic heart disease, which can occur after untreated strep throat. ...Read more

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Can people with cystic fibrosis have children?

Can people with cystic fibrosis have children?

Women can: Men are infertile, but woman can have children, at a serious risk to their health. ...Read more

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What's the youngest age a person can have pulmonary fibrosis (18y?, 25y?, etc...)?

Any: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disase that can diagnosed at birth. Many children are diagnosed before age 1 or when they are born. The disease can also be diagnosed much later in life as well (usually milder forms). ...Read more

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How can cystic fibrosis affect p.I.E.S development?

How can cystic fibrosis affect p.I.E.S development?

Certainly: Cystic Fibrosis (CF) most common life-limiting genetic disorder of Caucasians, affecting approximately 30K people in the US.A, impacting mainly respiratory function. In recent years patients symptoms better controlled by genetic findings and better medications.Emotional & phys. development depend on severity, time in hospital, complications.Morb. & mort.factors afect emotional,cognitive behavior. ...Read more

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Does COPD affect small children?

No: Not typically. The biggest risk factors for COPD are years of smoke exposure and a certain enzyme deficiency that is hereditary. Smoke exposure during the childhood years increases the risk of developing COPD over time, but to have the onset of COPD in childhood would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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Is congenital heart disease correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

Is congenital heart disease  correlated with age? Are older people more at risk with congenital heart disease, if so, how can it be prevented?

No: I think this is a definition issue. Congenital means "from birth", and most congenital issues are caught nearer to birth, especially major ones that either cause blue lips and gums, or failure to grow properly. Sometimes an issue like a small hole between chambers of the heart goes undetected, and is found later on a cardiac work up for other reasons. But issues like that start from birth. ...Read more

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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Will brown lung disease affect children differently than adults?

Will brown lung disease affect children differently than adults?

Hopefully not in kid: Byssinosis, brown lung disease, is an inflammatory condition of the lungs & breathing tubes that occurs in persons working with raw cotton, flax, sisal & hemp. Constantly breathing the dust of these materials results in symptoms of asthma. Continued exposure for many years can cause irreversible lung damage. Age is not a factor. Children may be exposed in third-world textile factories. ...Read more

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Which heart conditions can affect children after birth?

Which heart conditions can affect children after birth?

Too broad a question: Heart conditions that cause babys to turn blue are the right to left shunts tha lets blood bypass the lungs and doesnt get oxygenated. The person looks blue called cyanosis. Tettrology of fallot, transposition of great vessels , vsd with flow reversal called esinmengers syndrome. Are a few of such conditions. ...Read more

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Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy reverse itself in children?

Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy reverse itself in children?

No: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a disease caused by an abnormal gene, typically in one of the genes that codes for the contractile proteins of the heart. At the current time, there are no therapies that can make abnormal genes "reverse" and become normal. Having said that, there are best practices for hcm, even in childhood and best care can result in prolonged life and good long-term outcomes. ...Read more

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Respiratory (Definition)

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