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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 sort of disease is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (c.O.P.D.)?

What sort of disease is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (c.O.P.D.)?

Chronic Lung Disease: COPD is a disease of inflammation and/or destruction of the lung. Most often, it is from smoking cigarettes, but not always. There are two main components: chronic bronchitis, which is coughing up mucus every day; and emphysema, which is destruction of the lung tissue. Both conditions block air from completely exiting the lung causing symptoms. That said, it can be treated effectively. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is interracial pulmonary disease?

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?

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?

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

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What are good herbs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

What are good herbs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Hot chicken Soup: With lots of garlic, parsley, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, peppers and green onions help in bronchtis, colds and COPD ...Read more

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What are some herbs to take for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

What are some herbs to take for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Herbs used: For cough and colds are Eucalyptus, echinacea, lemon and lime, oregano, garlic, ginger and chili in soup. ...Read more

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What are blue bloaters with regards to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

What are blue bloaters with regards to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Old terms (from EMS): The classic "blue bloater" was defined as someone w/mostly lung disease as source of resp problems (copd/emphysema/chr. Bronchitis). Poor oxygenation is chronic (="blue") & poor expiration/air trapping / barrell-shaped-chest (="bloating"). "pink puffers" (alt group), are due to heart failure and fluid buildup, usually w/pink sputum when cough. ...Read more

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What are the differences between obstructive and restrictive pulmonary disease?

What are the differences between obstructive and restrictive pulmonary disease?

Simple Terms: Here are some examples. Someone with emphysema should have an obstructive spirometry pattern meaning they have trouble getting the air out when the exhale. A person with lung scarring should have a restrictive spirometry pattern (meaning they have trouble filling their lungs and taking a breath in). ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how obstructive and restrictive pulmonary disease differ?

Airflow: Obstruction impedes flow if air out of lungs...Asthma or emphysema. Restriction means a shrinking of the lungs...Fibrosis or obesity or neuromuscular disorders. ...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 diseases affect the lungs of a baby?

What diseases affect the lungs of a baby?

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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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?

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?

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