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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
X-ray needed: An x-ray is needed to diagnose a punctured lung. It may require surgery for repair. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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