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Doctor insights on: I Have Emphysema How Long Do You Live On A Vent If You Need A Lung Transplant

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I have emphysema. How long do you live on a vent if you need a lung transplant?

I have emphysema. How long do you live on a vent if you need a lung transplant?

Lung transplant: You don't necessarily need to be on a vent if you need a lung transplant. Patients typically placed on a transplant list have severe emphysema and are 65 or younger. They cannot be smoking and other medical problems need to be minimal. Patients on prolonged mechanical ventilation are quite advanced and may not be considered candidates for transplants if the primary pulmonary issue is emphysema. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Copd (Definition)

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


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I'm just wondering, if you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you refuse treatment. How long could you live for?

I'm just wondering, if you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you refuse treatment. How long could you live for?

It depends: It depends on the organ involvement. Talk to your rheumatologist who knows your case best and he or she could give you a better estimate. ...Read more

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How do I need to chance my oxygen settings if I have COPD and I need to go on a long flight?

How do I need to chance my oxygen settings if I have COPD and I need to go on a long flight?

No chane needed: Airplane cabins are pressurized so you should not need to change your oxygen settings. You will need to make arrangements so you can bring oxygen with you ont eh airlines. ...Read more

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Could it help you live longer if you stay on prednisone if you have idiopathic fibrosis of the lung?

Could it help you live longer if you stay on prednisone if you have idiopathic fibrosis of the lung?

Pulmonary fibrosis: To date, there has been no study published citing mortality benefit with the use of prednisone(or any type of steroids) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis(ipf). That being said, some patients with ipf feel that respiratory symptoms are better with steroids, so we occasionally prescribe them chronically. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have a punctured lung and need help?

How do you tell if you have a punctured lung and need help?

X-ray needed: An x-ray is needed to diagnose a punctured lung. It may require surgery for repair. ...Read more

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Can you still go on holidays if you have lung cancer?

Can you still go on holidays if you have lung cancer?

Yes: You don't want to travel far if you have recently completed surgery or chemotherapy. Take some time to recover and then celebrate wih a nice trip. ...Read more

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If you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you get treatment. How long could you live for?

If you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you get treatment. How long could you live for?

Can't tell: The longevity in these two diseases actually depends on how active they are. Lots of people do well for long since the disease underwent a spontaneous remission or a remission after therapy. ...Read more

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How bad does my bronchitis need to get before my doctors will consider a lung transplant?

How bad does my bronchitis need to get before my doctors will consider a lung transplant?

Whoa, wait a minute: Lung transplantation is an avenue of last resort. There are specific indications before considering transplantation which carries with it a whole difference set of medical problems. Generally, the threshold is very high and it is only when life expectancy is very limited, when lung transplantation is considered. ...Read more

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If you are diagnosed with COPD how long do you live after?

If you are diagnosed with COPD how long do you live after?

Depends: It depends on how bad your COPD is whether you are oxygen dependent, whether you have other comorbid conditions such as CHF etc. With treatment generally you can live longer-- difficult to predict, may be 10 years or more. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have a brain tumour how long do you have to stay in hospital for?

I'm just wondering, if you have a brain tumour how long do you have to stay in hospital for?

Depends on symptoms: If one is admitted due to seizures from a brain tumor, seizures have to be controlled with medication first before it is safe to send one home. A neurosurgeon can decide if surgery needs to be done sooner or later or even if only radiation is needed. If surgery was performed about 4-7 days is required in the hospital perhaps longer if with complications. ...Read more

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How long will you have to live if you have stage four cancer?

How long will you have to live if you have stage four cancer?

No way to say: It depends entirely on the type of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread through the body. If it's pancreas, you're talking a few weeks. Other cancers that have spread widely can be cured or controlled with radiation and chemotherapy. Cancer is many different diseases. ...Read more

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If anyone has had a hip replacement recently in a public hospital what infections did you get and how long did it take you to recover?

If anyone has had a hip replacement recently in a public hospital what infections did you get and how long did it take you to recover?

Infections: Joint replacement infections occur at an infrequent but established rate in all hospitals between 0.5% -2%. Acute infections get surgical opening and washouts and bearing changes with 6 weeks of IV antibiotics then oral antibiotics. Common bacteria is staph aureous and streptococcus. ...Read more

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How long do you live if you have an infection in your blood?

How long do you live if you have an infection in your blood?

Depends: That depends of the kind of infection you have in the blood and if the infection is being treated or not. There are bacterial infections that can kill within hours ( meningococcemia); HIV infections may not kill immediately but without treatment one may die relatively soon or in some cases may live even relatively normal life ( slow HIV progressors). ...Read more

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What occurs if you needed a heart transplant and you didn't have access to it?

What occurs if you needed a heart transplant and you didn't have access to it?

Heart Transplant: If you need a transplant, and either a heart is not available in a timely fashion, or medication and mechanical circulatory support are not options, you would die. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if i were to get a lung transplant, would i still have asthma?

Possibly: It would depend on the cause of the lung failure that led to transplant. Asthma may persist, resolve or be mild after the transplant. ...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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How do you know if you have a collapsed lung?

How do you know if you have a collapsed lung?

Collapsed lung: A collapsed lung often causes chest pain and difficulty breathing. A chest xray should confirm the diagnosis. If you know someone who has this it is important to seek help immediately. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you were to get lung cancer then what proffessionals would you deal with?

I'm just wondering, if you were to get lung cancer then what proffessionals would you deal with?

Team: Lung cancer is best treated with a multi-disciplinary team. The key players would be thoracic surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and primary care physician (pcp). You may or may not have a pulmonologist for lung function assessment and cardiologist for heart function assessment. The coordination of overall care may be assisted by a nurse navigator and/or social worker. ...Read more

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If i need a bullectomy, how long would I have to be off work etc. How long would I have to wait to fly by plane out of state?

Depends: If done thoracoscopically, ie minimally invasive one could return to work in less than a week depending on what type of work. Ability to fly 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...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