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Can cystic fibrosis cause chronic bronchitis?

Can cystic fibrosis cause chronic bronchitis?

Bronchiectasis: Chronic airway infection in CF is common; it isn't the same as "chronic bronchitis" precisely but has similar traits (copious purulent sputum production, discomfort, airway obstruction). More commonly the chronic infection and mucus plugging lead to airway destruction, dilation in a condition known as bronchiectasis. Google cts of the chest for both and take a look at the differences. ...Read more

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Are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cystic fibrosis the same?

Are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cystic fibrosis the same?

No: Two completely different diseases. CF is an inherited disorder leading to failure to clear mucus and repeated infections. It does end up with fibrosis in the lungs. Idiopathic fibrosis is a disease of unknown cause where scar tissue replaces normal lung and eventually causes respiratory failure. ...Read more

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Conditions that mimic cystic fibrosis?

Conditions that mimic cystic fibrosis?

The list goes on : There are a whole variety of illnesses that can mimic CF from chronic cough , asthma , to immunodeficiency, broncho pulmonary dysphasia celiac disease , Alpha 1-anti trypsin deficiency. ...Read more

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Why does cystic fibrosis is obstructive and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis restrictive? smh

Why does cystic fibrosis is obstructive and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis restrictive? smh

Cystic fibrosis: involves large amounts of mucus in the airways. Therefore it is difficult for air to flow due to mucus obstructing airways. Pulmonary fibrosis involves diffuse scar tissue in the lung parenchyma, making it difficult to expand (Restrictive). ...Read more

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Chest X-ray Hyperinflamed lung and perihilar bronchitis changes are seen.No acute pulmonary or pleural disease.25 year,non smoker,Please explain findi?

Chest X-ray Hyperinflamed lung and perihilar bronchitis changes are seen.No acute pulmonary or pleural disease.25 year,non smoker,Please explain findi?

Might be normal: I obviously have to make some assumptions without seeing the films myself. First, I believe that "hyperinflated" was meant instead of hyperinflamed, as it is a more common term. It is used often when lungs appear over expanded.Although it sometimes suggests air trapping seen in asthma, or copd... It tends to be overused...and is often seen in normal people who are able to take a very Deep breath ...Read more

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Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Rehab: Emphysema and pulm fibrosis may coexist in some patients. Treatment is directed at each entity including bronchodilators, oxygen and steroids. Your age puts an additional option of lung transplant for progressive disease. ...Read more

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How are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema different?

How are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema different?

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The causes include emphysema wherein the elasticity of the lung is impaired producing difficulty with exhalation. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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Are cystic fibrosis and diabetes related?

In a way: Most patients with diabetes have either a failure of the pancrease (pancrelipase) to produce Insulin or develop resistance to Insulin for various reasons. In cf, there is pancreatic insufficiency due to injury to the pancrease (pancrelipase) from the disease itself... And this can lead to CF related diabetes (where more Insulin is needed). ...Read more

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Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Restriction: Airway "obstruction" refers to limitation of air flow through the airways. "restriction" refers to processes that keep the lungs from opening fully when you inhale. Restriction can result from fibrosis, or thickening, of the lung as with diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It can even be from something as simple as obesity or muscle weakness that keeps you from breathing deeply. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Cough, poor growth: Common symptoms of cystic fibrosis include cough, wheeze, recurrent lung infections, poor growth, foul smelling stools, salty sweat, clubbing, and rectal prolapse. The more symptoms the greater the chance of having cystic fibrosis. Most infants today are diagnosed by newborn screening for CF before they develop any symptoms and early therapy can minimize disease symptoms. ...Read more

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Atypical cystic fibrosis life expectancy?

Atypical cystic fibrosis life expectancy?

Depends: Without a full exam and review of medical records and history of infections secondary to CF would be remiss in trying to become an actuarial. Go see a pulmonologist and discuss the options and likely outcomes. ...Read more

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Would smoking make cystic fibrosis worse?

Would smoking make cystic fibrosis worse?

Definitely: Cough and difficulty breathing are never improved by smoking and may be worse even with second hand smoke. If you have CF please do not start smoking as it will make the condition worse. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary fibrosis the same as cystic fibrosis?

Is pulmonary fibrosis the same as cystic fibrosis?

No: Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease causing abnormal functioning of the mucus glands in the lung and leading to recurrent infections. Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease of progressive scarring causing loss of alveolar units that can have a variety of causes. ...Read more

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Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

Have pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, copd, with lupus,scleroderma,many complications. how long can you live with these lung issues?

MCTD: You mentioned you have scleroderma and SLE. You need to be seen by a lung doc if you have not seen one already. You conditions need a multi disciplinary approach with a rheumatologist/ pulmonary doc/ and a cardiologist. Most large teaching hospital have docs that have exp with such complex issues and may be your best bet. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Lung infection with sever asthma?

Lung infection with sever asthma?

More common: Severe asthma reduces clearance of mucous and microoganisms (viruses & bacteria) from the lung. Long-standing severe asthma may lead to structural changes in the airway that compromise mucous clearance even more. Poor clearance of mucous & microorganisms from the breathing tubes is a clear risk factor for bronchitis and pneumonia. In children the leading risk factor for pneumonia is asthma. ...Read more

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