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Doctor insights on: Apical Lung Fibrosis

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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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Does mild lung fibrosis get worse gradually?

Does mild lung fibrosis get worse gradually?

Usually: Usually the fibrosis gets worse (unless it was from a scar due to a previous infection) but it would also be dependent on the cause for the fibrosis. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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My father is 61 years old and is diagnosed with pulmonary lung fibrosis. What is the ideal diet for such condition?

My father is 61 years old and is diagnosed with pulmonary lung fibrosis. What is the ideal diet for such condition?

Healthy weight: With pulmonary fibrosis the lungs are stiff which means it is hard to get them moving. So the key as far as diet goes is to minimize the amound of weight that he has to move with his chest. ...Read more

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Pulmonary pressure of 27 at the age of 28 I am scared. Am I going to die of lung fibrosis? Doctor concerned and repeating in a year

Pulmonary pressure of 27 at the age of 28 I am scared. Am I going to die of lung fibrosis? Doctor concerned and repeating in a year

Normal: Pulmonary pressure of 27 mmHg in a 28 yo otherwise healthy woman is NORMAL and requires no further follow up. If you are still worried, look for a third opinion (since this one is the second) ...Read more

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High scl70, joint pain, fatigue, palmar erythema, telangiectasias, lung fibrosis, livedo reticularis, no hard skin! Can it be Scleroderma if no hard skin?

High scl70, joint pain, fatigue, palmar erythema, telangiectasias, lung fibrosis, livedo reticularis, no hard skin! Can it be Scleroderma if no hard skin?

Rheumatologist: The answer would be yes. These symptoms and signs are consistent with an autoimmune/connective tissue disorder. A rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you after ordering appropriate tests. ...Read more

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After having rt sided chest pain, a cxr was normal but CT scan showed rul apical infiltrate or fibrosis. Do u have any guess as to what this means?

After having rt sided chest pain, a cxr was normal but CT scan showed rul apical infiltrate or fibrosis. Do u have any guess as to what this means?

Depends: Doctors usually do not interpret ct's by themselves. We use all of the clinical information available to us to decide what a finding like the one you describe might mean. Depending on the clinical situation, a 5 CM opacity may be something quite benign to other more serious problems. A conversation with your doctor may help to enlighten you on what this is, and how best to pursue it. ...Read more

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What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

Depends: The etiology if fumes or toxins avoidance. If secondary to collagen vascular disease or others then treat primary condition. In these cass steroids & cytotoxic drugs help or controls the condition
but if idiopsthic fibrosis occurs then at present no fda approved drug exists.

A study drug is currently been in the works & ifd a natural substance then use nac & a high anti oxidant diet. ...Read more

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Is it possible to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient if you are a smoker?

Is it possible to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient if you are a smoker?

Depends: If you are a heavy smoker with significant emphysema you may have reduced your pulmonary reserve to the point that you would have a tough time getting by on one lung, ditto the recipient. You would need to have a full pulmonary function evaluation to find out. ...Read more

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Would it be possible for someone to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient when you are a smoker?

Depends: If your pulmonary function tests show both lungs to have adequate capacity and no significant emphysema then it could be possible. Bear in mind that you both have to be able to live relatively normal lives on the single remaining lung. Both you and the recipient should avoid being in the same room with a cigarette! ...Read more

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I have cystic fibrosis but I'm wondering about trying a joint (weed) once. Will it effect my lungs/health?

I have cystic fibrosis but I'm wondering about trying a joint (weed) once. Will it effect my lungs/health?

Not a good idea: Depending on your specific disease situation smoking a joint once may or may not affect your lungs. Having CF often leads to lung inflammation and lung damage to start with. The last thing you want to do is exacerbate those by smoking (cigarettes or marijuana). ...Read more

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Hi I suffer with cystic fibrosis and I also have MRSA in the lungs and I was wondering if it is possible that I can get tattoos..

Hi I suffer with cystic fibrosis and I also have MRSA in the lungs and I was wondering if it is possible that I can get tattoos..

Be cautious: Speak with your pulmonologist who is most familiar with your current status for clearance, but Pseudomonas colonization in the lungs should not usually prevent you from having procedures performed on your skin. You have listed MRSA as one of your conditions, which may put you at much higher risk for severe skin infection from a tattoo. ...Read more

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I have pulmonary fibrosis, cause as yet undetermined (never smoked). Please comment on the safety of putting nebulized DMSO into the lungs.

I have pulmonary fibrosis, cause as yet undetermined (never smoked). Please comment on the safety of putting nebulized DMSO into the lungs.

Not safe: I would advise you not to put any such chemical into your lungs. I do not know of any good medical/scientifically valid data that supports such a use for dmso. You could actually make matters worse by putting any foreign body/chemicals into your lung. So play it safe. ...Read more

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I was born with cystic fibrosis. I'm now 35 and my lung function has gradually worsened the last years. I know that survival age is about 40 and I'm at peace with that. However, I still wonder: are there any recent findings about cystic fibrosis?

I was born with cystic fibrosis. I'm now 35 and my lung function has gradually worsened the last years. I know that survival age is about 40 and I'm at peace with that. However, I still wonder: are there any recent findings about cystic fibrosis?

Mgt: I would advise following your lung function closely with your pulmonary specialist, optimizing your nutrition, and treating any exacerbations with antibiotics and chest physiotherapy. The use of DNAase has been shown to be effective. Some patients may benefit from treatments specifically targeted to their genotype. The CF foundation is another good resource for patients. Stay well. ...Read more

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How is fibrosis of the lungs treated?

How is fibrosis of the lungs treated?

Depends: There are different types of fibrosis. Idiopathic fibrosis or ipf has no fda approved meds at present. A new drud is been use at present in clinical trials & n acetyl cysteine been used in europe (ia a cheap & natural medicine).
Other types depend on the primary cause.
Usually steroids in combinationn with cytotoxic agenmts & now monoclonal druga are very succesful. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

Yes: Pulmonary fibrosis causes the inner latticework of the lungs to thicken. Given that this latticework supports oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, and that exchange is dependent on the thinness of the transport membrane, pulmonary fibrosis makes the lungs work less efficiently, leading to shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

Not necessarily: Feeling heavy can be a result of any of multiple conditions. It warrants further attention to the cardiopulmonary system, but pulmonary fibrosis is not necessarily the answer. ...Read more

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What are the effects of pulmonary fibrosis on the lungs?

Lung Stiffness: Fibrosis or "scaring" of the lungs causes the lungs to be very stiff. Thus, it becomes difficult for the patient to be able to take deep breaths. Over time, the fibrosis continues to advance causing the patient more dyspnea and need for oxygen. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get a cystic fibrosis lung function test?

Where can I go to get a cystic fibrosis lung function test?

See pulmonologist: Consult physician who is pulmonologist, physician specializing in lung diseases, for examination and advice. Xray examination of chest may be part of workup. Blood and sweat tests are also utilized. ...Read more