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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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Is it unusual for elderly patients to completely lose their appetite after lung cancer surgery?

Is it unusual for elderly patients to completely lose their appetite after lung cancer surgery?

Appetite/Lung Ca: Particularly squamous lung cancer is an appetite thief. Many show up with major weight loss, a sign that points to worse outcome. It is not the treatment, but radiotherapy and chemotherapy can briefly cause diffiuclt swallowing. Successful treatment sometimes brings appetite back. Megace (megestrol) can stimulate appetite for some, but not all. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for the radiation therapy for lung cancer to make someone lose his voice?

Is it unusual for the radiation therapy for lung cancer to make someone lose his voice?

Yes: Loosing voice can be due to direct invasion of the larynx (far from lung) or laryngeal nerve compression or damage ( recurrent laryngeal nerve in the chest). Advanced cancer can be pressing on this nerve and cause voice loss. If there is no voice loss to start with, it is unusual for radiation to damage the nerve in typical dose fractionation. ...Read more

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How long should patients with laryngitis practice voice rest?

How long should patients with laryngitis practice voice rest?

Check larynx : A laryngologist should see you and perform a stroboscopy to help answer this question. Most voice rest does little but, if there is a lesion on the larynx, you may need to rest it. ...Read more

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Can they ever give the patient more oxygen than the lungs can hold?

Can they ever give the patient more oxygen than the lungs can hold?

Sort of: There are some patients with severe emphysema that have a drive to breathe based on oxygen rather than carbon dioxide. In these patients, giving too much oxygen can cause the person to stop breathing. But, the lung will hold as much oxygen as it can physically hold. You can't really give it "too much.". ...Read more

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What are schizophrenic voices like? How do you treat a patient who hears them?

What are schizophrenic voices like? How do you treat a patient who hears them?

Not pleasant: Generally, patients don't report pleasant messages but wide varieties - from a personally known voice to barely human, from clear, understandable to garbled, from warnings or threats to urging, often insulting condemnations. I've more often heard them not be interactive conversations, rather announcements. A Psychiatrist will prescribe antipsychotics and safety precautions till they work. Best! ...Read more

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What do doctors do to a patient who has a punctured lung?

What do doctors do to a patient who has a punctured lung?

Mior surgery: Most cases will resolve with chest tube or small cathetar in 2-5 days, a small percetage pts will require thoracotomy to close it. ...Read more

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What is the likelyhood of a patient surviving a blood clot in the lungs?

What is the likelyhood of a patient surviving a blood clot in the lungs?

Very good: Most patient survive their first blood clot, its the second or third that end up causing more damage. This is why making the diagnosis is key and providing treatment to prevent the next one is key. ...Read more

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Should a patient continue going to a t surgeon every 3months after a thoractomy or a lung dr?

Should a patient continue going to  a t surgeon every 3months after a thoractomy or a lung dr?

Depends: Thoracic surgeons are lung doctors. I presume you mean pulmonologists. Your care, including short term and longterm follow-up after major chest surgery should be coordinated amongst your specialists; i.e. Primarycare/family physician, surgeon, pulmonologist, oncologists, radiation oncologists, etc.... Each may have a role to play depending on your presenting condition. ...Read more

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