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Can someone explain bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia?

Can someone explain bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia?

Complex: This is a histologic diagnosis of uncertain etiology which was first described in japan. It is a form of lung infiltrate followed by granulomatous formations which destroy the bronchi. This can be managed with steroids, but may also be a fatal illness. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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What is bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia?

What is bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia?

Inflammation: The cause of bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia is unknown, but may be caused by a viral infection which sets off an inflammatory reaction in the small airways and airspaces. It causes cough and shortness of breath. It is diagnosed with lung biopsy. Treatment is generally corticosteroids like Prednisone which may be needed for months. It has been associated with autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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How should I treat BOOP (bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)?

How should I treat BOOP (bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)?

Treat the cause: "boop" is a generic term used by pathologists to describe a pattern of response to lung injury under the microscope. It has literally dozens of causes. But, when no underlying cause (infection trauma, drug reaction, tumor, embolism) is identifiable, steroids can be used to accelerate recovery. In europe, the pathologists call it "cryptogenic organizing pneumonia", a better term in my opinion. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia severe?

Yes: This is a very severe lung disease and is very debilitating and many times ultimately fatal. ...Read more

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What happens to children who have BOOP (bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)?

What happens to children who have BOOP (bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)?

Variable outcome: Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (boop) is a rare condition in children. Limited data show most get better and some do not. It is an inflammation of the tiny airways of the lungs. Some causes include medications (chemotherapy), bone marrow transplant and other inflammatory diseases. Oral steroids are used for treatment. Your pulmonologist is best able to help with this problem. ...Read more

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Is interstitial pneumonia deadly?

Is interstitial pneumonia deadly?

Not necessarily: Interstitial pneumonia is not always deadly and can be treated with the appropriate care and medications. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are bronchial pneumonia and bronchitis with pneumonia the same?

Are bronchial pneumonia and bronchitis with pneumonia the same?

No: Pneumonia denotes infection in the lung parenchyma (lung tissue). Bronchits denotes infllamation in the bronchilal airway. Pneumonia is a more serious condition. Bronchitis is usally viral, may last 2 week, cough is common. However, our job is to rule out other causes of cough and determine the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia contagious?

Walking pneumonia contagious?

See below: Walking pneumonia is a lay term for a case of pneumonia that is relatively mild. The patient is not bed ridden and is able to walk around. There are many causes of pneumonia some are contageous before and during symptoms and some are not. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Depends on type: "walking pneumonia" basically means you are not sick enough to be on bed rest in a hospital getting intravenous meds. Some pneumonias have suggestive patterns on an x-ray that suggest the probable germ, many do not.Some are viral & some bacterial.Some can pass to others easily & others seldom do. Discussion with the source of the diagnosis is the best way to find out how easily it spreads. ...Read more

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Nonbacterial pneumonia dangerous?

Nonbacterial pneumonia dangerous?

Many causes: Non-bacterial pneumonia is a broad term that could mean lung infection caused by viruses, fungi, TB or chemical/toxic exposures. Prognosis depends upon the cause, extent of lung involvement & immune status of the infected person. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about personal experience with BOOP (bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)?

Start with this : Amer Lung Assoc: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/bronchiolitis-obliterans-organizing-pneumonia/ Mayo Clinic site: In some people, BOOP causes no signs or symptoms. Most people w/BOOP experience a persistent nonproductive cough and - depending on how much lung is affected - shortness of breath with exertion. More: http://www.mayoclinic.org/bronchiolitis-obliterans/expert-answers/faq-20057840 ...Read more

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Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Yes: The infectious agent, bacterial or viral, can be transmitted to susceptible individuals by coughing and droplet transmission. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia deadly?

Is pneumonia deadly?

Maybe: Most of the time it is not, but severe pneumonia can be fatal especially in those with underlying diseases that impair the immune system, the heart or the lungs. ...Read more

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Epiglottitis, pneumonia go together?

Epiglottitis, pneumonia go together?

Not exactly: They are infections in 2 different places, pneumonia being an infection of the lungs and epiglottitis is and infection of the upper airway ( particularly the tissue that close off the wind pipe during swallowing to prevent aspiration). One of the bacteria that commonly causes epiglottis can also cause pneumonia ( hemophillis influenza), could occur together but not usually. ...Read more

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Could right sided perihilar pneumonia be aspiration pneumonia?

Could right sided perihilar pneumonia be aspiration pneumonia?

Yes: Aspiration pneumonia most commonly is on the right side. Usually history of vomiting before. Most common in people who have difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Distinguish between bacterial pneumonia and diphtheria?

Distinguish between bacterial pneumonia and diphtheria?

Different organisms: Cornynebacterium diphtheria produces illness via toxin that causes inflammation whereas bacterial pneumonia such as strep pneumonia or mycoplasma cause infection by multplying and causing inflmation. This is not to say that diptheria do not multiply, quit the contrary but to stabelize this infection you need antitoxin whereas with bacterial pneumonia, you attack this will antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia deadly?

It can be: Bacterial pneumonia can be deadly, particularly in the elderly and in people with poor immune systems (on chemotherapy, with hiv, or even uncontrolled diabetes, amongst others). There is a vaccine available to treat one of the most deadly types of bacterial pneumonia, strep pneumonia. Typically, it is given to those at highest risk of developing or having a bad outcome from bacterial pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Both, usually they come from viruses ; bacterias that came from inhalation from a person who coughed before or close by. ...Read more

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What makes viral pneumonia more problematic than bacterial pneumonia?

What makes viral pneumonia more problematic than bacterial pneumonia?

Nothing: Viral pneumonia is often milder, however if severe it is problematic in that outside the flu and some rare infections affecting only people with damaged immune systems, there are few antiviral direct antibiotic treatment, antibiotics in general are effective only for bacteria. ...Read more

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