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What is a hardening of the lung?

What is a hardening of the lung?

It depends: I would assume that you are referring to fibrosis (pulmonary fibrosis) of the lung resulting from an accumulation of fibrous connective tissue. This may be the result of schleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis or environmental exposures. You would need need to see a pulmonologist for evaluation and treatment. ...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 is pulmonary fibrosis? And how is it described from an X-ray? I was told I have hardening of the lung does this mean I have it?

What is pulmonary fibrosis? And how is it described from an X-ray? I was told I have hardening of the lung does this mean I have it?

Loose Term: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term used for numerous interstitial lung diseases. Most often though, it is used for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf). X-ray will not be a good modality to evaluate ipf. A ct chest will be helpful. ...Read more

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What does hardening of the lungs mean, and is there treatment for it?

What does hardening of the lungs mean, and is there treatment for it?

Hardening of the: LUNGS is a colloquial term to describe pulmonary fibrosis--thickening, stiffening and scarring of lung tissue. As lung tissue stiffens, the lungs can't properly move oxygen into your bloodstream. Currently there is no cure and no medicines proven to slow the progression though steroids and anti-immune therapies have been tried. Oxygen used. Some receive lung transplants. It is super serious. ...Read more

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What does hardening of the lungs mean?

What does hardening of the lungs mean?

Interstitial disease: Hardening is a vague term. Perhaps its referring to interstitial disease? Basically, imagine your lungs are like a soft squishy sponge. When there's a disease process that damages the lung, it becomes hard and stiff (like a dry sponge). ...Read more

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If my doctor saw I have hardening of the lungs does this mean I have cancer?

If my doctor saw I have hardening of the lungs does this mean I have cancer?

?: I am not sure what you mean by "hardening" of the lungs; my guess is that this is intersitial lung disease or inflammation in the lungs; please discuss with your doctor and see if u need to see a lung specialist. ...Read more

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What causes fluid in the lung?

What causes fluid in the lung?

Several: Fluid in the lungs could mean pulmonary edema (swelling of lung) which can be caused by heart failure (multiple causes of this), infection, mitral valve disease, kidney failure, inflammation. Fluid surrounding lungs (pleural effusion) trauma, infection, heart failure, cancer, kidney failure. There are more. It's best to talk with your doctor for specifics. ...Read more

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Why can't the lung regenerate?

Why can't the lung regenerate?

Lung: The only organs in the body that can regenerate are blood and skin. There are some organs parts of which can regenerate. Examples include lung, intestine ; liver. The cells lining the bronchi and the alveoli of lungs can regenerate. Alveoli are the tiny bubbles at the end of the bronchioles that participate in gas exchange. There are some organs such as brain and spinal cord which never regenerate. ...Read more

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Please what is the position of the lung?

Please what is the position of the lung?

Position?: The two lungs are situated in thoracic cavity bounded by the thoracic inlet in neck, and below by diaphragm. In the center is the mediastinum which contains the great vessels and the heart. The right lung is larger than left. The portion of the left lung in front of the heart is known as lingula or tongue, because it is shaped like a tongue. ...Read more

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What happens to the lung if it is grazed by a bullet?

What happens to the lung if it is grazed by a bullet?

Depends: It usually bleeds somewhat. Some times it may collapse and need to be re-expanded. Other times the bullet cauterizes the lung tissue and it stays inflated. There is commonly some associated blast injury (bruising) that has to be recovered from. ...Read more

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What is atelectasis of the lung?

What is atelectasis of the lung?

Collapse of lung: Atelectasis of the lung is collapse of part of the lung or the entire lung. This is commonly see on radiologic studies. When it occurs at the lung bases it is typically due to incomplete inspiration. It may occur due to prior infection, surgery, or tumor or lymph node obstruction. The entire lung may collapse due to pressure from an air leak (pneumothorax). ...Read more

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How does the lung undevlope lungs?

How does the lung undevlope lungs?

Re-ask question: This question is not clear. Re-ask in a different format. ...Read more

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Does age effect the lung capacity?

Does age effect the lung capacity?

Yes: After age 30, everyone's lung function declines a little every year. More so if you smoke or have other lung diseases. ...Read more

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What is the lung capacity of a smoker like?

It's decreased.: It is reduced compared to that of a non-smoker due to lung disease. According to the CDC, smoking can stunt lung development in teens and can increase the risk of asthma, TB, emphysema and cancers. Smoking damages the elastic lining of air sacs and causes scarring which can restrict air flow in or out. ...Read more

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Can you get shot in the lung and still survive?

Yes: Usually, yes... Depending on the injury, even if that lung collapses one can survive with one lung. Emergent medical/surgical care is needed. ...Read more

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What will happen if you get stabbed in the lung?

Lung stabbing: It could cause a pneumothorax, a hemothorax, effect other internal organs or lead to death. ...Read more

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Reasons for craving ice chips and fluid in the lung?

Pica: Pica, or the craving for ice chips can be associated with iron deficiency anemia. You should mention this to your doctor and have your iron levels checked. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lung symptom?

What is the definition or description of: lung symptom?

Several symptoms: Lung symptoms can be any symptom that is related to lungs, airways or breathing. This could include fast or shallow breathing, blue discoloration of lips and nails, noisy breathing (stertor/stridor), wheeze, cough, chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath with activity or exercise or at rest, coughing up blood or phlegm/mucus, snoring etc. Evaluation of these symptoms should be done promptly. ...Read more

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Why I have slime in the lung when I smoke a lot at once?

Why I have slime in the lung when I smoke a lot at once?

Slime?: I'm assuming you are coughing up phlegm or sputum? This is indicative of bronchitis which is due to the inflamed condition of your breathing passages. Only stopping smoking will fix the problem. ...Read more

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For how long would you live if you get stabbed in the lung?

For how long would you live if you get stabbed in the lung?

Depends: Depends on blood loss, collections of blood or air in the chest that can compress lung, other injuries, and treatment. ...Read more

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What can a shadow on the lung indicate? Could it be serious?

Yes, or no: Can be as benign as the shadow of the aorta (which you need) or as serious as a tumor; or many things in between. ...Read more

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How long can someone stay alive with honeycombing of the lung?

Possibly Long Time: "honeycombing" of the lung is the end of the scarring process. If the honeycombing is all over the lung, then it may affect breathing and oxygen level, and one may not live a long time.

But, if it is only localized or in one spot, then potentially, someone can live with it for a long time. It may cause symptoms, like cough, but it may not necessarily be fatal. ...Read more

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What does coarse lung marking means? The lung fields are clear.

What does coarse lung marking means? The lung fields are clear.

Coarse markings: Is simply a technical radiologic term. It needs to be corelated with your clinical symptoms. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I was wondering if you are shot in the lung does it seal its self?

I was wondering if you are shot in the lung does it seal its self?

Not likely: Don't believe what you see on TV. When someone is shot in the chest with injury to the lung, it is a life threatening event which can lead to bleeding and death very quickly. Puncture of the lung can lead to tension pneumothorax which can kill in minutes if not treated rapidly with decompression. Not to mention bleeding, or infection of the lung from contamination. Advice: Don't try this at home. ...Read more

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What is a decreased ae of the lung base? What is its medical significance?

What is a decreased ae of the lung base? What is its medical significance?

Abbreviations: And acronyms can cause confusion and I generally avoid them. As such, I don't know what ae means. If you can determine the full meaning of the finding and resubmit your question it may be answerable. ...Read more

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What is inflamation of the lung?

What is inflamation of the lung?

Lung: Pneumonitis is the term used. Discuss causes with your pcp. ...Read more

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What exactly is a nodule on the lung?

What exactly is a nodule on the lung?

It is mass of tissue: It is a mass of tissues on the xray and cat scan.60%of lung nodules are due to benighn and not cancerous conditions but any nodule need to be investigated and followed up. ...Read more

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Can adenocarcinoma of the lung be cured?

Can adenocarcinoma of the lung be cured?

Yes!!!: Lung cancer is curable when found early. There are two broad categories of lung cancer; small cell and non small cell.
Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of non smal cell lung cancer. The prognosis of non small cell lung cancer is impacted more by the stage than it is by the cell type. Adenocarcinoma can be cured. In early stages, only surgery may be required. ...Read more

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What's the function of cartilage in the lung?

Support: The main functions are to provide airway support and maintain patency of the bronchial tree. This will minimize the chances of collapse. ...Read more

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What is the function of surfactant in the lung?

Prevent collapse: Surfactant keeps the alveoli open during the expiratory phase of breathing. It reduces the amount of work needed for breathing. ...Read more

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Are nodules found in the lung curable?

Are nodules found in the lung curable?

Curable? No: Lung nodules are very common, and over 95% are benign scars that require no "cure". They don't go away, and therefore are not "cured" but they are harmless. The 4-5% of lung nodules that are cancer require some form of treatment and many of these are curable. This depends upon thorough evaluation of the nodule, staging and treatment by experienced teams. ...Read more

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Is having pain in the lung typical of copd?

Is having pain in the lung typical of copd?

No: The lungs have no pain fibers and so don't send pain signals to the brain. The pleural surfaces lining the chest wall are exquisitely pain sensitive and cause the sharp pain we call pleurisy, but this is not typical of copd. Cough is the typical symptom of nerve irritation in the lungs. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hilar mass in the lung?

Hilar mass: Hilar mass is usually due to swollen lymph glands in the chest cavity. There are several reasons for swollen glands such as infections, cancer and sarcoidosis. ...Read more

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Similarties of bronchiole and bronchus of the lung?

Cartilage: The term bronchus is generally reserved for describing large central airways lined by cartilage. A bronchiole is a microscopicl airway, without cartilage lining. ...Read more

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Can gout attack the lung area?

Can gout attack the lung area?

Concerning Question: Your question really worries me. What are your symptoms? We do not mess around with lung or chest symptoms. Gout is not known to cause lung troubles. ...Read more

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Why does the lung scarring take place?

Why does the lung scarring take place?

Injury: Any type of injury to the lung, especially chronic, such as bacterial infections, abscess, trauma, can cause scarring. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose inflammation of the lung?

Well, there is the: Chest x-ray for pneumonia and pulmonary function tests for asthma. ...Read more

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How long can water on the lung go undetected?

Lung: I'm not sure I understand your question well. You probably are referring to pulmonary edema. Pulmonary edema is serious and causes immediate symptoms. ...Read more