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Should a biopsy be done on the lung if has pneumonia?

Should a biopsy be done on the lung if has pneumonia?

Generally not: If pneumonia is community acquired, your physician will usually treat you with antibiotics given normal flora present in your community. Biopsy is not required unless the pneumonia does not resolve and there might be cause for concern when considering your medical history. In such cases, a bronchoscopy may be required. This is rare if only a pneumonia is concerned. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Can recurrent pneumonia lead to lung disease in the future?

Can recurrent pneumonia lead to lung disease in the future?

Pneumonia problems: Your question is a good one--u hate to think that each time the body fires up the inflammation system that there can be longer term consequences but there can be. I think of cystic fibrosis patients and what's called bronchiectasis- or enlargement of the breathing tubes. Interestingly, structural defects in the lung/airways can lead to pneumonia so it could b a vicious cycle. Hope u get a lung doc ...Read more

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I have pneumonia and there is a lot of blood clot in the lungs? What does this mean?

I have pneumonia and there is a lot of blood clot in the lungs? What does this mean?

Hmm sounds serious: Who told you that you have blood clots in your lungs?

I would ask the person who told this to you.

Blood clots in the lungs usually means -pulmonary embolus - go look that up.

I hope you made an error in listening. ...Read more

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I think I have pneumonia, but im not positive, how can I be sure before I get a lung xray?

I think I have pneumonia, but im not positive, how can I be sure before I get a lung xray?

See a doctor: This is not a diagnosis to be made by the patient, and because of the potential severity of this condition the patient should be seen and examined by a physician asap. Please see your doctor and provide a history and be examined. ...Read more

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My Dr told me my pneumonia had infiltrated my lung yet I'm not coughing up any sputum. Is this dangerous??

My Dr told me my pneumonia had infiltrated my lung yet I'm not coughing up any sputum. Is this dangerous??

Cannot say: Without an exam, I can only give general information. And while generally people who don't mobilize secretions are at risk of worse problems, also generally people diagnosed with "pneumonia" are treated and are getting better. ...Read more

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Do you know of any air purifiers that you would recommend to prevent pneumonia and other related lung issues?

Do you know of any air purifiers that you would recommend to prevent pneumonia and other related lung issues?

Many: First ; foremost stop smoking. Secondly stay away from people who do smoke no matter what they are smoking. Purchase a room air purifier that will filter the air in your home. Try on line or stores like best buy, costco, b.J. Etc make sure you get a flu shot every year. Wash your hands frequently. Stay away from people who cough ; don't cover their nose ; mouth. Get a pneumonia immunization. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had pneumonia since 10-13 my last xray showed reduced lung volume should I be concerned?

What to do if I have had pneumonia since 10-13 my last xray showed reduced lung volume should I be concerned?

Reduced lung volume: Reduced lung volume on chest XR simply means you did not take a deep enough breath when they took the picture. Doesn't mean much as far as pneumonia is concerned ...Read more

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Hi. I was told I had pneumonia about 2.5 weeks ago- and I am still having paain on/in my right lung area. Is this pleurisy?

Hi. I was told I had pneumonia about 2.5 weeks ago- and I am still having paain on/in my right lung area. Is this pleurisy?

Mgt: In association with your pneumonia, there can be inflammation or infection of the lining of the lungs. This may take weeks to resolve. Lung infections may recur despite treatment. If any coughing, sputum or fever recurs, I would recommend a follow up visit.
If you are short of breath, then a trip to the ED is advised. ...Read more

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My best friend has a round of pneumonia and they found a cyst about 5 cm in his lung. They said cyst. He is 65 could it be a tumor?

My best friend has a round of pneumonia and they found a cyst about 5 cm in his lung. They said cyst. He is 65 could it be a tumor?

Mgt: The cyst may represent an area of infection. A follow up study should be performed. If he is a smoker, has a history of smoking in the past, and/or produces sputum, he should have sputum cytologies sent by your PCP. If there is no recent TB test, this can be performed at the same time. A virtual appointment is available online and the radiograph can be uploaded. ...Read more

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May dad 87 has pneumonia dr says he see's a spot on lung needs to Re examine in 2 months could that spot be from the pneumonia itself?

May dad 87 has pneumonia dr says he see's a spot on lung needs to Re examine in 2 months could that spot be from the pneumonia itself?

Possibly, or worse.: Chest X-rays that show pneumonia can take some time to resolve, even after completion of antibiotics. Usually, the time span is about 1-2 weeks, but it depends on the severity of the pneumonia (& how much "gunk" - inflammatory fluid, etc. Is left in the lungs). However you can be prone to pneumonia due to lung disease or cancer, so a follow-up X-ray is reasonable, particularly in (ex-)smokers. ...Read more

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Woke up with pain in one area on the left side of back, possibly behind the lungs or heart. What could this be? Pneumonia or inflammation?

Pain: Pain is caused by many things. More information would be necessary to postulate the cause of your pain. The most likely, however, with no more information is musculoskeletal pain. Having said that, however, with no more information the possibilities are legion. ...Read more

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I had right lung pneumonia two years ago. When I rest on my right side, I get the same lung pain. It never really goes away. What could this be?

Pleural Scarring?: There's probably scar tissue in ur lungs from (what sounds like a serious case of) pneumonia (PNA). If u have none of the other symptoms / signs of PNA then residual inflammation or irritation of the lining of the lung (pleura) from that infection. W/o other worrying signs, I think the best u can do is sleep on ur back or left side for relief. Talk to a thoracic surgeon or pulmonologist for advice ...Read more

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I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?

I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?

Hard to tell: The only way to diagnose pneumonia will be with physical exam and sometimes chest X-ray can make the diagnosis more clear. If it is pneumonia you need to be antibiotics. Please consult your physician to be diagnosed appropriately and for treatment. ...Read more

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Asthma 3 months after pneumonia. Symptoms of hyperinflated lungs and hyperventilation syndrome. I know I need to see my dr, but what can I do for now?

Asthma uncontrolled: It seems your asthma is not controlled. A pneumonia can trigger asthma symptoms and they can linger for a while. You need an inhaler to help you breathe. I would go seek immediate medical attention if you are having trouble breathing. ...Read more

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This morning I woke up with an extreme burning sensation in my lungs every time I cough I've had pneumonia and bronchitis and it doesn't feel those.?

This morning I woke up with an extreme burning sensation in my lungs every time I cough I've had pneumonia and bronchitis and it doesn't feel those.?

See a doctor: You should be examined and probably will need a chest x-ray. You have omitted important aspects of the illness, such as fever, chills, nature of the material you are coughing up, or not. Are you short of breath? Write everything down, go and see a good clinician and hope you get better soon, . ...Read more

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I have pneumonia. On day 6 of d 7 days of meds I walk a lil distance (probably a lil fast). I'm now feeling a pain around ma upper lung. What's happe?

I have pneumonia. On day 6 of d 7 days of meds I walk a lil distance (probably a lil fast). I'm now feeling a pain around ma upper lung. What's happe?

Pneumonia: Pain in lungs is common with pneumonia. Did they say what kind of pneumonia it was? How old are you? X-ray done? Rarely underlying cancer is a concern. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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Are crackles in your lungs always pneumonia?

Are crackles in your lungs always pneumonia?

No: Not always. Other lung pathology can result in "crackles" when your doctor listens to your lungs. ...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


Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more