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Doctor insights on: Inflamed Lungs

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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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Could pressure from my inflamed lungs have been building up cause me to have "abnormal lungs"?

No: Question is a little confusing. I am not sure what pressure are you talking about. Chronic inflammation can lead to scarring and destruction of lung tissue. Most common causes of chronic inflammation is smoking which can in turn lead to chronic bronchitis/copd. Please discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with bronchitis or inflamed lungs every 2 months. I am always tired and catch ill easily. Non smoker, no asthma, no allergy. Normal?

I am diagnosed with bronchitis or inflamed lungs every 2 months. I am always tired and catch ill easily. Non smoker, no asthma, no allergy. Normal?

M.D. visit: Frequent lung infections/non specific inflammation may be related to a number of conditions. If there is a retained aspirated material, reflux and aspiration into the lung, TB,immunodeficiency, these can be related to this occurrence. I would suggest that you have a chest radiograph, lung function testing and assessment for possible immunodeficiency with lab testing. Physician visit is indicated. ...Read more

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Are my lungs inflamed when I have emphysema?

Are my lungs inflamed when I have emphysema?

No: In emphysema inflammation is practically non existent as opposed to chronic bronchitis where inflammation results in chronic mucus production. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lining of a lung is inflamed?

What are the symptoms of lining of a lung is inflamed?

Pain w deep breaths: Also called "pleurisy" it can cause cough and usually localized chest pain with coughing or deep breathing. It usually feels a lot better if you take an anti inflammatory. These symptoms can be similar with bronchitis or pneumonia, so if you are feeling ill and aren't sure what you have, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Swelling in left neck & above clavicle, fatigue, pain/aches, CT scan shows inflamed lymph nodes and lungs pushing down diaphragm. Recent MRSA exposure?

Swelling in left neck & above clavicle, fatigue, pain/aches, CT scan shows inflamed lymph nodes and lungs pushing down diaphragm. Recent MRSA exposure?

Muliple possibilitie: There is a rather large differential diagnosis to the combination of symptoms and findings you have described. I would discuss these with the physician who ordered the CT scan. ...Read more

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What are inflammatory and fibrotic lung disorders?

What are inflammatory and fibrotic lung disorders?

No short answer here: That's a really complicated question. There are a whole host of disorders that cause fibrosis of the lung. The most common is called uip, which is a disease of unknown etiology, that is not related to smoking or other disorders, and results in scarring of the lungs i would recommend a pathology text book to see a list of all the possible lung disorders. ...Read more

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Abnormal FDG activity involving pleural thickening in Rt lower lateral lung base compatible with inflammatory VS early neoplasticism disease. Meaning?

Abnormal FDG activity involving pleural thickening in Rt lower lateral lung base compatible with inflammatory VS early neoplasticism disease. Meaning?

Pleural thickening: It means that the pleural thickening is metabolically active(i.e. It is not chronic scarring, which would be inactive). The 2 main possibilities for this, as you mention, are an active inflammation, which is benign, or neoplastic disease(tumor). Speak with your doctor. If the answer is not clear based on your entire clinical picture, biopsy could be needed to determine what it is. ...Read more

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Does inflammatory vs malignancy in the remarks of CT scan of lungs with 203cc solid mass mean its cancer?

Does inflammatory vs malignancy in the remarks of CT scan of lungs with 203cc solid mass mean its cancer?

No: No. It is at times difficult to differentiate inflammation/infection from a malignancy on ct. Pet/ct may more helpful where there is suspicion. However, this may also limited in differentiating infection/ inflammation from cancer. That being said, imaging does not arrive at a pathological diagnosis. When possible, any suspicion of lung cancer requires pathological confirmation through a biopsy. ...Read more

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Rheum workup, norm. C3, high c4, high aldolase. Workup done due to degenerative joint issues, and inflammatory issues (lungs). All else normal?

Rheum workup, norm. C3, high c4, high aldolase. Workup done due to degenerative joint issues, and inflammatory issues (lungs). All else normal?

Discuss with MD: It is best to discuss with your doctor. There were reasons why these tests were ordered and there are diseases that involve both the lungs and muscles together. Also the degree of elevation may or may not mean anything. We can't surmise what your doctor was thinking so discuss your case with your md. ...Read more