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Please tell me about pulmonary alveolar proteinosis?

Please tell me about pulmonary alveolar proteinosis?

Lack of : Pap is the result of poor clearance from the lung of a normal substance called surfactant protein (sp). In most with pap the cells that normally clear sp are inactive because of the lack of a growth factor called gm-csf. Sometimes this is congenital, but for most people, an antibody prevents the gm-csf from activating the clearance of sp results in accumulation and filling of the air sacs. ...Read more

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Which is pulmonary alveolar proteinosis and lymphangioleiomyomatosis?

Which is pulmonary alveolar proteinosis and lymphangioleiomyomatosis?

Two different: Diseases. Lymphangiomyomatosis, (lam) is a rare lung disease of smooth muscle proliferation that typically affects young women. Usually they present with a collapsed lung (pneumothorax). Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (pap) is another rare lung disease where the lung fills with abnormal surfactant. It's usually seen in males. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is exactely pulmonary edema, is it similar to alveolar edema?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is exactely pulmonary edema, is it similar to alveolar edema?

Pulmonary edema: Occurs when the pressure in the blood vessels exceeds the surrounding tissues (like oozing) or the particles in the blood (oncotic pressure) is low, or there is leakiness in the vessels (as in the inflammation from sepsis). If this happens in lung then there is pulmonary edema causing sogginess of the lung tissues. ...Read more

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Is anyone born or diagnosed with a v.S.D with absent pulmonary valve?

Rare defect: Absent pulmonary valve syndrome is a rare congenital heart defect. Some of the features are similar to tetralogy of fallot. An important difference in most babies with absent pulmonary valve syndrome is that the pulmonary arteries are very large, and often associated with problems with the airways. Surgery is required to repair the problems in the heart and repair the pulmonary arteries. ...Read more

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Where can I find other people with a v.S.D with absent pulmonary valve?

Where can I find other people with a v.S.D with absent pulmonary valve?

ACHD - National Org: I think your best source of both information and the ability to connect with others with VSD/absent pulmonary valve is the American Congenital Heart Disease Association. (www.achaheart.org) website. They will have their annual meeting in Chicago Sept 5th-7th and much of it revolves around patients and their families. I have spoke at it before and it is an excellent meeting. Please check it out. ...Read more

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My pulmonary Art in the 40's which is during exercise.My doctor said it's normal for exercise but isn't anything over 35 considered PH? Help please...

My pulmonary Art in the 40's which is during exercise.My doctor said it's normal for exercise but isn't anything over 35 considered PH? Help please...

?Pulmonary HTN: Could not understand your question well. There are different values of pulmonary pressures during rest and exercise to label pulmonary HTN. Estimated mean pulmonary artery pressure >25 at rest is defined as pulmonary hypertension. Please help yourself with this article from Cleveland clinic: http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/pulmonary/pulmonary-hypertension/Default. ...Read more

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Do I have asthma? Through my entire life I have had these pains in what i thought were my lungs. It didn't happen all the time, or at all often. Maybe a handful of times in a year, when i would take a deep breath i get a sharp pain, usually in the right s

Do I have asthma? Through my entire life I have had these pains in what i thought were my lungs. It didn't happen all the time, or at all often. Maybe a handful of times in a year, when i would take a deep breath i get a sharp pain, usually in the right s

Not necessarily : Your symptoms do not fit into the expected mold of asthma. However, to make sure, you should get tested. Talk to your physician and give a good history of your symptoms, your family history of asthma (if any) and when, where and why you get your symptoms. A simple spirometry test will also be in order to rule out any other possibilities. Get tested as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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When a child grows resistent ( esbl kleb o ) regularly in their lungs/trach, would high-dose amoxicillan be effective against a pneumonia (no c&s)?

When a child grows resistent ( esbl  kleb o ) regularly in their lungs/trach, would high-dose amoxicillan be effective against a pneumonia  (no c&s)?

Likely not: But not impossible. No klebsiella is sensitive to Amoxicillin since all produce an enzyme called betalactamase. Just cause one is colonized by a resistant bug doesn't mean that the bug is in the lungs causing pneumonia isn't a much more sensitive one. ...Read more

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What happens if you are ?Born?With a v.S.D with absent pulmonary valve?

What happens if you are ?Born?With a v.S.D with absent pulmonary valve?

Respiratory distress: Absent pulmonary valve syndrome is a rare form of congenital heart disease. There are some features that are similar to tetralogy of fallot. Absent pulmonary valve syndrome is different than pulmonary valve atresia. Corrective surgery is required. Typically, the dominant feature early is respiratory distress due to compression of the trachea and bronchi by enlarged pulmonary arteries. ...Read more

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What can I do to do clean out my lungs?

What can I do to do clean out my lungs?

Clean air: Your lungs will do a remarkable job of self cleaning if you expose them to a clean atmosphere. This may be difficult if you are a city dweller and of course you don't smoke (right?). The lung replaces its internal lining frequently and this helps get rid of things that do not belong there. So give it a chance and the lung will work with you. ...Read more

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What does low density in your lungs mean?

What does low density in your lungs mean?

Not sure: I am not sure. What are you specifically referring to? A finding on chest xray or chest CT? ...Read more

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What does air trapping in the lungs mean ?

What does air trapping in the lungs mean ?

Obstruction : Air trapping means that air gets into the lungs and can't get out easily. This description applies to asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema- disease known as obstructive lung doseases. ...Read more

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Can your lungs hurt in the front and back?

Yes they can: Cause mostly upper and middle lobes of lung will cause pain in front while lower lobes will cause pain in back. ...Read more

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What medicine can make your lungs healthy?

What medicine can make your lungs healthy?

Define "healthy"....: The question is a complicated one, & depends critically on how the lungs are functioning (or not functioning). Do you have a diagnosis in mind? What symptoms are the lungs causing? (cough? shortness of breath?) These make an important difference. Most medicines for the lungs are delivered by inhalers, like Albuterol or Fluticasone. There's no specific answer to your question. Need a diagnosis to a ...Read more

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Is it possible to get food into your lungs?

Is it possible to get food into your lungs?

Yes: Aspiration of food is very common, most people can cough out the offending food. But a bad enough event can lead to death or serious illness. ...Read more

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Can I donate my lungs if I was ever a smoker?

Can I donate my lungs if I was ever a smoker?

In genreal no...but.: In general no. But it would depend on how much smoking was done, and the actual condition of the lungs at the time of death. For example, if you smoked 1/2 a pack a day for six months 30 years ago and stopped, that would be very different from a 2 pack a day smoker for 30 continuous years. ...Read more

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Why do my lungs keep tightening up every hour?

Why do my lungs keep tightening up every hour?

Mgt: If you are having any difficulty breathing, air hunger, chest pain or chest tightness, I would advise seeing the ED. There are many causes, but asthma is one possible explanation. IF it is mild and can wait, then your PCP can see you on Monday. A virtual appointment is available to discuss online. ...Read more

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How to get a test to see if I have black lungs?

How to get a test to see if I have black lungs?

CXR, PFTs: If you are exposed to industerial dust and worry, cxr and plethsmography pfts, CBC and 6 minutes walk with abgs could be helpful beforte chest ct scan. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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What can I do to protect my lungs from pollution?

What can I do to protect my lungs from pollution?

Lung pollution: Avoid inhaling toxic air. Live where you can get good clean air. Do not smoke and live with second hand cigarette smoke. If you have allergies or asthma, treat these conditions appropriately. Avoid working where you will inhale fumes. If you use chemicals at home for projects or hobbies, make sure you have plenty of ventilation. ...Read more

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