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Bullous Emphysema General
My mom was diagnosed with bullous emphysema from her general practioner. Should she go see a specialist for this?
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
My mom was diagnosed with bullous emphysema from her general doctor. Does she need to go to a specialist for this?
Depends: That's a common disease that family doctors take care of everyday. If she's doing okay, why complicate her life? ...Read more
What do you suggest if my mom was diagnosed with bullous emphysema from her general doctor. should she go see a specialist for this.?
Depends: The treatment is pretty standard. If she's satisfied with her doc, trusts her/him, then there's no need to go further. ...Read more
Big spaces: Emphasema comes in a variety of different subtypes - in bullous emphysema, lung tissue is destroyed and leaves behind large spaces that don't contribute to gas exchange. Sometimes these spaces can get infected (bullitis) or they can press down on healthy lung preventing it from functioning (removing these is the basis for lung volume reduction surgery as a therapy in copd). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
XR or CT: This diagnosis is specific findings seen in imaging only and can not be made on clinical basis alone. It means there are destroyed areas in the lung that cause coalescence of the walls of the alveoli and instead of small spaces, we see the big spaces or bags of air with less total surface area and by their sizes can push on other areas of the lungs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Big air pockets: When patients smoke, they can develop emphysema. Sometimes the emphysema is such that the patient makes large air pockets that can compress the "normal" lung tissue and thus make the patient short of breath. A bulli, is air trapped inside the lung that cannot come out. Is like having a balloon(bleb) that can continue to inflate overtime inside your chest. Surgery at times can be an option. ...Read more
I am a pt with stage 3 COPD emphysema. extensive Bullous on lungs. question a 9mm sub pleural nodule present in upper lobe something to worry about?
Chronic Lung Disease: Emphysema is a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are different classifications of COPD. End stage could refer to you needing to use daily medications in order to relieve symptoms of shortness of breath. This could also mean needing to use oxygen. If a physician has mentioned "end stage" it is worth visiting with a lung specialist called a Pulmonologist. ...Read more
COPD...: There is a form of COPD which can occur at a younger age. It is called alpha-1-antitrypsin disorder. It is caused by an enzyme deficiency and treatment includes enzyme replacement therapy. It is diagnosed with a blood test. See your doctor, or a lung doctor, for diagnosis and treatment if this disorder is suspected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. This leads to shortness of breath and chronic productive cough. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Lying down causes the airway to narrow further and decrease flow. The body attempts to improve the flow by releasing Epinephrine which may result in sweats. Also low oxygen can result from decresed flow as well as possible sleep apnea which is increased in pts with emphysema. Treatment can include oxygen, bronchodilators and possible CPAP or bipap device. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer