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Lung (Definition)

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


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How would breathing through a straw simulate chronic lung disease caused by smoking?

How would breathing through a straw simulate chronic lung disease caused by smoking?

Airflow resistance: Think of the lungs as a giant balloon. The critical point in the system is the neck of the balloon. The narrower the neck, the harder it is for air to flow in and out. In chronic obstructive lung disease the bronchial tubes are narrower due to mucous, swelling, inflammation and sometimes loss of support structures. The straw analogy relates to the airflow limitation through smaller tubes/airways. ...Read more

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Can breathing in a rotten apple for an extended period of time be harmful to health? Can it cause lung disease?

Can breathing in a rotten apple for an extended period of time be harmful to health? Can it cause lung disease?

Potentially: If the apple was rotten enough, you might inhale mold spores which is a health hazard, and could cause lung problems, but that is an extreme version of a rotten apple. Throw it away! ...Read more

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Are there problems with breathing jet fuel over a period of time that could lead to obstructive lung disease?

Are there problems with breathing jet fuel over a period of time that could lead to obstructive lung disease?

Not certain: The department of defense has done research on this subject and does not believe that there are long term side effects from jet fuel exposure. There might be evidence to the contrary. Jet fuel exposure is not commonly considered a risk factor for copd. ...Read more

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Grandfather hospitalized for difficulty breathing. Age 77y, so is heart or lung disease more common?

Grandfather hospitalized for difficulty breathing. Age 77y, so is heart or lung disease more common?

Heart: Heart disease is more common. In 2008, cardiovascular diseased caused 812, 000 deaths—33 percent of all deaths wheresas lung disease caused 242, 000. However, overall population statistics may have nothing to do with your grandfatther and hopefully evaluation in the hospital will quickly determine the causes for his shortness of breath whether cardiac/lung or even anemia. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chronic throat clearing problem after a cold 19 months ago, could this be a serious problem? Could I have lung disease? No trouble breathing at all!

Chronic throat clearing problem after a cold 19 months ago, could this be a serious problem? Could I have lung disease? No trouble breathing at all!

Post nasal drip?: Most people I know with this symptom have post nasal drip. It's drainage from sinus cavities going down the back of throat and causes either cough, tickling or other irritation. Can be mild to severe. Ask doctor for suggestions, confirmation, tx or referral if you feel too irritated. Best! ...Read more

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M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

Not necessarily: Most likely due to temporary reaction of anesthetic medications which may take few hours to clear from your body. Speak to your doctor if you have ' lung disease ' will tell you. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the causes of asbestos lung disease?

Need expert help here. What are the causes of asbestos lung disease?

Exposure to asbestos: Exposure to asbestos could cause deposition of plaques of asbestos on the diaphragm and in the lung which called asbestosis. This cause lunf fibrosis and restrictive lung dis. Occasionally it could turn to a form of pleural cancer called mesothelioma.
Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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What type of lung disease or problems can indoor mold cause?

What type of lung disease or problems can indoor mold cause?

Cough, asthma, pain: Indoor mold is a very common yet often hidden problem. It can cause a variety of serious health problems including cough, asthma, shortness of breath & chest pain, both through allergic reactions to mold and due to inflammation caused by exposure to mold toxins. About 25% of the population has a genetic hypersensitivity to mold. See http://www. Survivingmold. Com/diagnosis for much more information. ...Read more

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Could anybody get subclavin steel syndrome's or unknown lung disease caused by immune system turning on you?

Could anybody get subclavin steel syndrome's or unknown lung disease caused by immune system turning on you?

Possibly: Most cases of subclavian steal syndrome are due to non-immune causes, such as atherosclerosis, cervical rib. Very few cases of giant-cell arteritis with that syndrome have been described. As for unknown lung diseases, there are several that are several that are due to a hyperactive immune system. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about subclavin steel syndrome's or unknown lung disease caused by immune system turning on you?

Can you tell me about subclavin steel syndrome's or unknown lung disease caused by immune system turning on you?

See below: It is a constellation of signs and symptoms that arise from retrograde (reversed) flow of blood in the vertebral artery or the internal thoracic artery, due to a proximal stenosis (narrowing) and/or occlusion of the subclavian artery. ...Read more

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Mayo defines instertitial markings a lung disease caused ie (asbestos, silica dust, grain dust?) are dependent instertitial different if syptm same?

Mayo defines instertitial markings a lung disease caused ie (asbestos, silica dust, grain dust?) are dependent instertitial different if syptm same?

Just a description: "Interstitial markings" are a descriptive term that radiologists and lung specialists use to describe specific markings in the lungs on chest xrays or CT scans.

Many different types of diseases in the lungs cause "interstitial markings." The way to find out which disease it is usually requires a biopsy of some sort. The symptoms are usually cough and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What are some lung diseases in newborns and what causes them?

What are some lung diseases in newborns and what causes them?

A few: One of the most common lung difficulties we see, especially with c-section babies, is transient tachypnea of the newborn. This occurs when there is still fluid in the lungs, because the baby didn't exit via the birth canal and literally have the fluid squeezed out. Infections can also occur resulting in pneumonia. Some babies "transition" slowly, & need a little help learning to breath room air. ...Read more

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What can cause brown lung disease?

What can cause brown lung disease?

Byssinosis: Brown lung disease is caused by exposure to cotton especially in fabric factories. It is otherwise called monday fever. Cough, shortness of breath, fever are some of the symptoms. This is one of occupational diseases. ...Read more

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What could cause lung disease other than smoking?

What could cause lung disease other than smoking?

Several: Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, neoplasms, bronchectasis, kartagener's syndrome, primary ciliary dyskinesia, cystic fibrosis, pneumoconioses, viral pneumonia, parasitic pneumonia and several more just to mention some. ...Read more

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How can lung disease cause episodes of taccycardia?

Several mechanisms: Depending on what specific lung disease. Infection, inflammation, reduced oxygenation all can cause tachycardia. ...Read more

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I am a 63 y.O. Female experiencing significant, unintended wt loss. Could cause be dynamic hyperinflation from lung disease (lam)?

I am a 63 y.O. Female experiencing significant, unintended wt loss. Could cause be dynamic hyperinflation from lung disease (lam)?

Time for workup: I wouldn't attribute significant passive weight loss to anything simple or benign. I would get in for a workup with your physician within the next 10 days & see if there is something fixable going on. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a pulmonary lung disease? Does smoking cause this disease?

What does it mean to have a pulmonary lung disease? Does smoking cause this disease?

Pulmonary Disease: Pulmonary disease is a broad category which has many causes and many manifestations. Lung diseases can be innate from birth or can be a result of environmental impacts. Among these environmental influences linked to climate, geography and ecology, smoking has been clearly identified as a root cause of many lung/pulmonary ailments. ...Read more

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Are there any lung diseases that can cause neuropathy isloated to one side of the body?

Are there any lung diseases that can cause neuropathy isloated to one side of the body?

Tumors: Apical lung cancer pancoast tumor
any lung cancer with chest wall extension
there are some neural tumors in the chest as well: neurofibromas, schwannomas, etc that are on proximal nerve roots.
Other inflammatory conditions can cause pain but that is not neuropathy? ...Read more

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What causes lung disease in urban dwellers?

What causes lung disease in urban dwellers?

2ndhand smoke, etc.: The chief cause of lung cancer is long-term exposure to tobacco smoke. Nonsmoker cases are from a combination of genetic factors, radon gas, asbestos, and air pollution including secondhand smoke. Asbestos can also cause mesothelioma, a cancer of the pleura or lining on the surface of the lung and diaphragm. So a combo. Of pollution, smoking and other factors likely causes urban lung disease. ...Read more

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Could smoking marijuana for over a year cause lung disease?

Could smoking marijuana for over a year cause lung disease?

Sure,: While it depends on quantity, the normal toxins in pot smoke (assuming it has not been sprayed with even more toxic subtances) hae been considered equivalent to a pack of cigarettes. Think about it...Tokers suck it in and hold it down in their lungs, right!? Chronic coughs from the smoke and some depressed immune function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or worse are risks -. ...Read more

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Other than asthma and "chronic lung disease", what can cause chronic pneumonia?

Other than asthma and "chronic lung disease", what can cause chronic pneumonia?

Fungi and Bacteria: Both fungi and certain bacteria have been associated with chronic pneumonia. Most of the time your doctor will consider doing a bronchosopy (camera procedure in lungs) to determine the etiology of the pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can black lung disease cause someone to cough up blood?

Can black lung disease cause someone to cough up blood?

Yes: After the disease had caused severe inflamation and fibrosis/ necrosis. ...Read more

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Can gerd cause interstitial lung disease? And if so are the chances of developing ILD from gerd small?

Can gerd cause interstitial lung disease? And if so are the chances of developing ILD from gerd small?

In theory, yes: Gerd can in theory cause lung problems if there is a chronic regurgitation of stomach acid that is aspirated into the lungs. This is a very rare event for a young otherwise healthy person. ...Read more

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Does lung diseases causes erectile dysfunction?

Does lung diseases causes erectile dysfunction?

Yes: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a pulmonary as well as a systemic disease. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the extrapulmonary manifestations of COPD, and its incidence increases with the aggravation of COPD. The mechanisms of ED in patients with COPD are not yet completely understood ...Read more

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What lung disease cause clubbing nails and can it be a sign of respiratory acidosis?

What lung disease cause clubbing nails and can it be a sign of respiratory acidosis?

Clubbing: Describes the bulbous, clublike deformation of the distal portion of the fingers and toes resulting from connective-tissue proliferation. Clubbing may be hereditary, ie, primary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, but, more often, it is acquired and is associated with a number of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular disorders. It may occur with several lung diseases.

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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