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Does Copd Affect Older Adults
Yes: COPD is more common in older adults than younger ones. It is commonly caused by long-term smoking, but can also be caused by a condition called alpha-1-antitrypsin (aat) deficiency. Non-smokers and younger adults who are diagnosed with COPD are strongly urged to get tested for aat deficiency. Some even recommend that any person with COPD should be tested for aat deficiency. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
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
Yes: Typically, patients are in their forties and fifties when diagnosed. Pulmonary fibrosis could be idiopathic (unknown cause), or due to asbestosis, silicosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus (sle), sarcoidosis, certain medications, radiation and many more. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It can....: Empysema is a form of copd, usually a result of cigarette smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke over time, the bigger your risk of developing this disease. So, elderly people who have smoked lots of cigarettes over many years are at high risk of developing this disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Not typically. The biggest risk factors for COPD are years of smoke exposure and a certain enzyme deficiency that is hereditary. Smoke exposure during the childhood years increases the risk of developing COPD over time, but to have the onset of COPD in childhood would be extremely rare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hopefully not in kid: Byssinosis, brown lung disease, is an inflammatory condition of the lungs & breathing tubes that occurs in persons working with raw cotton, flax, sisal & hemp. Constantly breathing the dust of these materials results in symptoms of asthma. Continued exposure for many years can cause irreversible lung damage. Age is not a factor. Children may be exposed in third-world textile factories. ...Read more
It is rare: There are rare forms of early-onset alzheimer disease that run in families. These forms of alzheimer disease are usually cause by mutations in one of three genes. People with these mutations often develop alzheimer disease in their 40s and 50s. Families with multiple people suffering from early-onset alzheimer disease may wish to consider genetic testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In many ways: Children have the capacity to develop more fat cells until late childhood. After that, fat cells can get larger. So, an obese child will struggle more with weight loss as an adult than an adult who was a thin child. Additionally, the extra weight is particularly hard on the developing weight bearing joints, heart, lungs and self esteem. In my opinion, not addressing child obesity is abusive. ...Read more
Dangerous: In the elderly, the flagrant fever, stiff neck, etc, may be relatively absent or minimal, and perhaps only the acute onset of confusion and disorientation, with headache, may be witnessed. However, as insidious as the presentation may be, a bacterial meningitis by even a bug such as listeria, can be deadly, without appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more
Yes: The disease is a result of inhaling droplets or soil contaminated by the legionella bacterium. Not everyone who is exposed will get this. Risk factors include age over 65 years, low immunity, smoking, steroid treatment, chronic lung disease and occupational (air conditioner maintainers). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: 3% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can have interstitial pulmonary emphysema. There is a genetic condition that causes low levels of an enzyme that protects the lungs, and these patients can get emphysema even without smoking, but it does not affect small children. (it might be apparent in their 30's or 40's). Thanks @yayayarndiva. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hyperthyroidism: Inappropriately high thyroid hormone, causes tachyarrhythmias, proptosis, weight loss, feeling hot all the time, etc. The treatments can be medical, radiotherapeutic, or surgical. Despite being a radiation oncologist, I do not know if i-131 treatment is ever used in pediatrics, but i suspect not. ...Read more
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more
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