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How Quickly Does Interstitial Lung Disease Progress
Variable: One of the curious things about interstitial lung disease is its variability. In the worst cases the fibrosis can progress over just a few months. For most people it progresses over several years. In some cases it is quiet for long periods of time with intermittent worsening episodes that cause progression. While no current treatment slows the disease, much research is being done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Varies..,: The progression of interstitial lung disease is usually slow, over years, but it can vary depending on the underlying cause, if it is known. Avoid smoking at all costs and quit immediately if you do smoke. Follow your doctor's advice, including considering pulmonary rehab. If it progresses to end-stage, consideration of lung transplant can be made at that time. ...Read more
Depends on how bad: That depends a lot on how severe the emphysema is, whether you are still smoking, whether you have symptoms of shortness of breath or coughing or wheezing, etc. Some people do just fine without treatment. Others, depending on the above factors, definitely need treatment. There are great treatments for emphysema, and they can help you feel better and breathe better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very variable: This varies with cancer type and route of spread among other factors. At the time of diagnosis, small cell lung cancer is more often already spread to other organs. Non-small cell cancer can stay as small lung nodules for a couple of years before picking up speed. Spreading via the blood vessels can be sometimes faster than spread through the lymph nodes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does lung inflammation from lupus automatically mean i will get interstitual lung disease or restrictive lung disease?
Slowly: Once the diagnosis is made, the initial problems can be handled with Dopamine agonists and seem stable for 1-2 yrs, but then the progression requires l-dopa, which may help nicely for about 6-8 yrs, during which time additional meds may be added. By 10-12 yrs the medications are sharply losing efficacy, and the next step may require use of a deep brain stimulator device. ...Read more
Depends : Unfortunately esophageal cancer is an aggressive one but if u catch it early it has a better chance of not recurring. It all depends on the primary stage of the disease. Stage i is good. Higher stages have more chances of recurring . Every cancer is unique and u should discuss your particular case prognosis with your oncologist . Good luck. ...Read more
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Asthma & COPD: Byssinosis, brown lung disease, is asthma due to chronic breathing of raw cotton, flax, sisal & hemp dust. It affects textile workers employed in sweat shops & poorly-ventilated factories. Initially symptoms of asthma - coughing, wheezing, & shortness of breath respond to medications used to treat asthma, job change & tobacco avoidance. With continued exposure irreversible fibrosis occurs. ...Read more
It depends: It can develop rapidly or slowly depending on the type. Since you are 41, if you have periodontal disease, it may be the aggressive form in the moderate to advanced stages, or the chronic form in the early stages. There is a lot of variability here. A comprehensive periodontal evaluation with proper radiographs should answer your question! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Slow to fast: It's a war between the infecting bacteria and your bodies defenses. If your body is winning the battle you can have a chronic infection that remains fairly circumscribed. If the bacteria are winning, you can go from fine to septic in no time at all. Don't play a Russian Roulette, please call your Dentist before infection gets out of control. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Multi factorial: Gum disease is multi factorial. What that means is that there are many reasons you may have gum disease. Consider aggressive periodontal disease spreads very quickly where as traditional chronic periodontitis may take longer to manifest bone loss. My advice is visit your dentist and have x-rays and full periodontal charting taken to evaluate your situation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many women have had symptoms for many months before their diagnosis. There may also be an asymptomatic stage that could last for months or even years before the symptoms begin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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