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What are the various restrictive lung diseases?

What are the various restrictive lung diseases?

Too numerous : To list here, but in broad terms they are caused by chest wall (rib cage) abnormalities, muscular weakness, scarring in the lungs due either to auto-immune diseases, inflammation, or "idiopathic" (no known cause). Some drugs can cause lung damage that leads to restrictive disease if not recognized (easier said than done). Radiaiton can cause lung scarring that leads to restriction as well. ...Read more

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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What are some treatable lung diseases in children?

What are some treatable lung diseases in children?

All are treatable: The common lung diseases in children are pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma. Croup is a viral illness that involves the area of the airway around and just below the vocal cords, the subglottic space. It's not really a lung disease but it is a lower airway disease and quite common. Outside the us tuberculosis is a common treatable pediatric lung disease. ...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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How can you treat early lung diseases?

How can you treat early lung diseases?

Depends on disease: Non cancerous lung disease is treated by pulmonologists and lifestyle modification. Early lung cancer is demonstrated to be best treated by anatomic resection with complete nodal sampling or node dissection by a board certified thoracic surgeon. Additional/adjunct therapies including chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be indicated based on final pathology staging. ...Read more

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Why does residual volume decrease in restrictive lung diseases?

Why does residual volume decrease in restrictive lung diseases?

Scarring: As the lungs scar and lose volume, both the vital capacity and residual lung volume decrease. That is the nature of restrictive lung disease. ...Read more

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What lung diseases do not directly affect the tissue of the lungs?

What lung diseases do not directly affect the tissue of the lungs?

Extra pleural mesoth: Extra pleural mesothelioma is outside of the lung tissue, but affects chest wall movement and compliance, therefore creates restrictive lung disease without really altering the lung tissue itself. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what are obstructive and restrictive lung diseases?

I'm curious as to what are obstructive and restrictive lung diseases?

Lung disease: They are 2 major category for lung disease on the bases of pfts. Obstructive form is usually with airtrapping such as asthma, emphysema and copd. Restrictive is with loosing air spcae/diffusion functioning unit, latter happens in conditions such as pleural effusion, scoliosis, lung fibrosis, pneumothorax, space occupying lesion in the thoracic cavity, musculodystrophies, etc . Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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What sort of fetal lung diseases can occur?

What sort of fetal lung diseases can occur?

Many.: Caml (cystic adenomatoid malformation of the fetal lung), bps (bronchopulmonary sequestration), lobar emphysema, bronchial atresia, hamartomas, tracheal agenesis/chaos (congenital high-airway obstruction sequence). ...Read more

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Could a lung xray identify most lung diseases?

Could a lung xray identify most lung diseases?

Good but not perfect: A properly taken xray can reveal a great deal about many lung disorders, but not all. Present technology allows us to increase and decrease magnification, contrast and see more than we did years ago, but there are limits.Some disorders produce obvious changes on xray, while other do not. ...Read more

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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