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What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

COPD...: COPD is a disease characterized by the presence of chronic, irreversible airway obstruction as measured by pulmonary function testing. The disease is incurable but there are treatments available so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The most important treatment is smoking cessation since smoking is the main etiology of this disease. ...Read more

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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more


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What is adjacent airspace disease?

What is adjacent airspace disease?

Description: I think you what have read that on a xray report. All it means is that next to whatever structure the were discussing has some disease. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with emphysema with no acute airspace disease. What does that mean exactly.

I was diagnosed with emphysema with no acute airspace disease. What does that mean exactly.

Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. The absence of acute airspace disease means there’s nothing like a pneumonia or fluid overload superimposed atop the chronic issue (emphysema). ...Read more

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Read over sons old MRI results. It said moderate right & mild left mastoid disease airspace disease. What does it mean? The doc didn't explain it.

Read over sons old MRI results.  It said moderate right & mild left mastoid disease airspace disease.  What does it mean?  The doc didn't explain it.

Mastoid sinuses: The mastoids are sinuses in the bone behind the ear. They can become seriously infected, causing pain and swelling behind the ear. This is often due to a chronic ear infection and may need surgery. It is common to see old signs of past sinus infection or swelling in sinuses on mri's or ct's. If the child is well, nothing needs to be done. ...Read more

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Can airspace disease be cured or does it just go away on its own?

Can airspace disease be cured or does it just go away on its own?

Both: Airspace disease (a radiologic diagnosis) is when something such as blood / pus / protein or water ends up in the place where air should be. Resolution depends upon the clinical cause. Pneumonia is one such cause. It will resolve with time and or treatment. ...Read more

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I had a chest x-ray due to ongoing, severe, SOB. The conclusion was asymmetric density in LLL, nonspecific & could reflect atelectasis, or developing airspace disease. Is the remedy truly just to breathe deeper?

I had a chest x-ray due to ongoing, severe, SOB. The conclusion was asymmetric density in LLL, nonspecific & could reflect atelectasis, or developing airspace disease. Is the remedy truly just to breathe deeper?

Not really: It is important to determine the cause of that density. It may be necessary to have a CT to be certain nothing is in the lungs that may need treatment. Talk to your doctor to see what your next step may be. ...Read more

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Age32, frmr smoker. Have shortness of breath& pain breathing in. Focal airspace disease on chest xray. No cough/fever. No response 2 antibiotcs. WWYD?

Age32, frmr smoker. Have shortness of breath& pain breathing in. Focal airspace disease on chest xray. No cough/fever. No response 2 antibiotcs. WWYD?

ConsultPulmonologist: You need to consult a Pulmonologist. It is very likely that your shortness of breath is due to infection and Antibiotics will not help. You need Pulmonary Function Test and may need further imaging like Cat Scan. Do not Smoke Good luck ...Read more

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Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.

Other than COPD, what would cause shortness of breath& pain w/breathing in, plus focal airspace disease on chest X-ray? No cough/fever/phlegm.

Many things: COPD should not cause "focal airspace disease" on any films. Typically, when we report "focal airspace disease" it implies, but by no means exclusively, that you have pneumonia. There are nearly countless things that can cause these findings. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is interstitial pulmonary disease?

What is interstitial pulmonary disease?

IPF ?: It's a disease characterized by thickening of the membrane of the lungs causing difficulty of the oxygen molecule from passing into the blood. Symptoms are usually related to shortness of breath and cough. Cause is unknown. ...Read more

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What is bronchospastic pulmonary disease?

What is bronchospastic pulmonary disease?

Broad category: Bronchospastic refers to the small muscles that wrap around the small to medium airways in the lungs. These tiny muscles can constrict when there is inflammation triggered like cold, exercise, smoke, viruses, allergies, etc. This is typically seen in asthma or copd. ...Read more

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I need to know what is vascular pulmonary disease?

I need to know what is vascular pulmonary disease?

Definition: Vascular is blood vessel and pulmonary is lung. There is disease in the blood vessels and that includes the thickening of the blood vessels causing pulmonary hypertension, small clots or chronic pe, or venoocclusive disease if it happens in the veins. There are also the fragility causing hemorrhages in certain diseases as the autoimmunes. ...Read more

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What does remote granulomatous disease in lungs mean?

What does remote granulomatous disease in lungs mean?

Encounter to TB: If there is a sign of remote granulomatous disease in your lung, it means that the radiologist saw some calcification in your xray.
The majority of these cases means that patient at some point was infected with tuberculosis, but her or his body controlled the infection.
There are other granulomatous diseases beside tuberculosis infection such as histoplasmosis which is endemic in some areas of usa. ...Read more

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Is pleurisy (liquid in lungs disease) test available?

Is pleurisy (liquid in lungs disease) test available?

Not liquid in lungs: Pleurisy is not liquid in lungs. It is inflammation of the lung and chest wall lining. Now, many times, there is fluid around the lung because of the inflammation, but pleurisy is inflammation of the lung lining.

The best test for pleurisy is your own feelings: whenever you breathe in, it hurts. That's the best test. Other tests, like xrays and stuff, frequently miss it. ...Read more

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Is smoking the cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Is smoking the cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Most frequent cause: Smoking or secondary tobacco exposure is the most frequent cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, it's not the only one, as some genetic conditions can predispose one to copd. So can the work environment. Go see your family physician for pulmonary function testing to confirm the diagnosis and then start treatment w/regular follow up pft to demonstrate proper therapy. ...Read more

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What different diseases of pulmonary circulation are out there?

What different diseases of pulmonary circulation are out there?

Blood clots , inflam: Blood clots, inflammation of the vessel wall by vasculitis, ppulmonary hypertension which is increased pressure in the arteries, and capillary leakage in infections and other causes of acute respiratory failure with increased permeability of the capillaries. ...Read more

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Is it true that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is curable?

Is it true that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is curable?

No: It is a chronic progressive disease. Once the damage is done it is not reversible. ...Read more

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Does a high IgA value indicate churg strauss in chronic pulmonary disease?

Does a high IgA value indicate churg strauss in chronic pulmonary disease?

Is it IgE: I assume you are referring to ige rather than IgA levels. High levels of ige in a patient with uncontrolled asthma raises the suspicion of churg-strauss vasculitis. Talk to your doctor as intensive medication regimen is indicated if it is truly the cause. A pulmonologist /rheumatologist would be the one to talk to. ...Read more

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Can cysts on lungs be cancerous? Or what kind of disease could it be I have several of them

Can cysts on lungs be cancerous? Or what kind of disease could it be I have several of them

Cystic lung disease: Common cause would be emphysema, infection like tuberculosis, sarcoidosis and certain type of pneumonia.
Some rare genetic diseases can also have cystic features on imaging, With one cyst alone can not make diagnosis, associated clinical features, radiologic characteristics of the cyst and the remaining lung. Consult a Pulmonologist ...Read more

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What diseases affect the lungs of a baby?

What diseases affect the lungs of a baby?

RDS is...: RDS is A common complication of prematurity, meconium aspiration is more common in term babies, pneumonia is an infection that is more dangerous in the newborn period, and diaphragmatic hernia causes lungs to be underdeveloped. Cystic fibrosis and alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency are genetic causes of lung disease in newborns; and in "blue baby" conditions, lungs are fine but unable to oxygenate blood. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is interracial pulmonary disease?

ILD: I believe you mean interstitial lung disease. This means that there is some sort of inflammatory process occurring within the tissue if the lung. ...Read more

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I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, what to do?

COPD: First need to confirm diagnosis to exclude asthma. At your age seems more likely. Need to exclude Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could cause emphysema at a young age. This has specific treatment. In regards on what to do, STOP SMOKING if a smoker. Need to determine severity with pulmonary function tests and depending on severity, and symptoms, various treatment options are available. ...Read more

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What's another name for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

What's another name for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

COPD...: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or copd, is the more general term. Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis are forms of copd. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Is it possible to cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

No: The only "cure" for COPD today is transplantation of the bad lungs with new lungs. No medication to date has been able to cure the disease. ...Read more

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What are the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

What are the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, easy fatiguability, muscle weakness, chronic cough, repeated infections, lower extremity swelling, and so on. ...Read more