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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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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)?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer