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What is life expectancy for interstitial lung disease (ild) with microaspiration?

What is life expectancy for interstitial lung disease (ild) with microaspiration?

More info: Micro aspiration is not a feature of interstitial lung disease. Ild includes different types of lung inflammation, some respond to treatment, some do not. Some are relentlessly progressive others go into dormancy. ...Read more

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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What does it mean to have a pulmonary lung disease? Does smoking cause this disease?

What does it mean to have a pulmonary lung disease? Does smoking cause this disease?

Pulmonary Disease: Pulmonary disease is a broad category which has many causes and many manifestations. Lung diseases can be innate from birth or can be a result of environmental impacts. Among these environmental influences linked to climate, geography and ecology, smoking has been clearly identified as a root cause of many lung/pulmonary ailments. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a chronic lung disease at age 10 and needed a transplant. Is it true that it can be hard to find lungs because of size?

I was diagnosed with a chronic lung disease at age 10 and needed a transplant. Is it true that it can be hard to find lungs because of size?

Transplant center: The transplant center will list you for the allocation of the new donor lungs. The time that a patient remains on the list prior to finding a donor that is a good match varies and depends on a number of factors. Your age is only one of the factors. It also depends how many other kids your age are waiting.
Once a good match is determined, the center moves quickly to perform the transplantation. ...Read more

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Can you have hperinflated lungs and not have lung disease?

Can you have hperinflated lungs and not have lung disease?

Ys: Adults and older children can over cooperate in taking deep breath with radiographic appearance of hyerinflation. Clinical findings are more important such as asthma or COPD most examinations of chest are performed looking for consolidations, atelectasis, tumor. Pneumonia, fluid etc. ...Read more

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Is intersitial lung disease the same thing as pulmonary fibrosis?

Is intersitial lung disease the same thing as pulmonary fibrosis?

Confusion: Interstitial lung disease (ild) causes lung damage which is referred to as pulmonary fibrosis. There is a form of ild that is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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What lung diseases do not directly affect the tissue of the lungs?

What lung diseases do not directly affect the tissue of the lungs?

Extra pleural mesoth: Extra pleural mesothelioma is outside of the lung tissue, but affects chest wall movement and compliance, therefore creates restrictive lung disease without really altering the lung tissue itself. ...Read more

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Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.

Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.

Life style changes!: Some damage to lungs will be reversed - some might not fully resolve but no matter what - It's a good idea to arrest any damage, fix some and prevent other problems. So do make serious efforts to stop now! Also - the same goes for maintaining a healthy weight. You need not look like a model - but having a healthy BMI will help your whole body too. Change is hard, but it can be satisfying and good! ...Read more

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How many blebs or bullae can a person have w/out underlying lung disease. I am 29, female with total 9 or 10 between both lungs, and one pneumothorax?

How many blebs or bullae can a person have w/out underlying lung disease. I am 29, female with total 9 or 10 between both lungs, and one pneumothorax?

None: There is congenital or emphysema changes.
Stop smoking
did you have a chest tube or other intervention for the pneumo?
May be sealed pleura and unlikely recurrence.
You are at risk for ipsilateral or contra lateral recurrence most likely. ...Read more

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What cab be done for interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

What cab be done for interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Not much: Ild/pulm fibrosis is a progressive destruction of lung architecture resulting in progressive shortness of breath. All therapy tried to date has not provided much improvement. Oxygen and exercise while awaiting lung transplant is a current management option. The mortality of ipf is on the order of less than 5 yr after dx. ...Read more

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What's the cure for interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis?

What's the cure for interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis?

None unfortunately: So far there is no effective treatment or cure for interstitial lung disease. In some cases where it is due to hypersensitivity to some inhaled antigen, steroid treatment may help, but otherwise there is no treatment of benefit. ...Read more

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Tell me about interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Tell me about interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Same: Ipf is one form of ild. It refers to disorders of the interstitium of he lung vs. Diseases that effect the bronchi, or alveolar spaces. ...Read more

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I have asthma, I'm over weight and smoke. Doctors are telling me I have my lungs blocked due to either over weight or lung disease. If I stop smoking?

I have asthma, I'm over weight and smoke. Doctors are telling me I have my lungs blocked due to either over weight or lung disease. If I stop smoking?

Mgt: It is very important to stop smoking especially with your medical history. The local chapters of the American Lung Association have several resources to help you, ...Read more

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What's the relationship between interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis?

Similiar: Interstitial lung disease is an "umbrella" term for many diseases; one of these disease is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or ipf. ...Read more

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What. Is antihypertensive of choice in interstitial lung disease with mild pulmonary hypertension?

What. Is antihypertensive of choice in interstitial lung disease with mild pulmonary hypertension?

Several choices: In the absence of other heart problems I would tend to try amlodipine in someone with high blood pressure and mild pulmonary hypertension. However many other medications such as acei or arb, beta blockers, Diltiazem or diuretics could also be appropriate. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can interstitial lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis and those like pulmonary fib. Be ruled out pretty good with pulse ox, CT of lungs, and chest xra?

Can interstitial lung disease like pulmonary fibrosis and those like pulmonary fib. Be ruled out pretty good with pulse ox, CT of lungs, and chest xra?

No: The above tests are not sensitive enough. Pulmonary function tests and a high resolution ct scan of the lungs are more sensitive. If they are normal, then interstitial lung disease can be essentially ruled out. ...Read more

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I had a CT of chest done and it showed hyperinflated lungs...Which could be asthma-copd-lung disease right? Could these cause atrial fibrillation?

I had a CT of chest done and it showed hyperinflated lungs...Which could be asthma-copd-lung disease right? Could these cause atrial fibrillation?

COPD: Not really, there is not direct correlation. However you are more likely to mat (multifocal atrial tachycardia) with lung disease. ...Read more

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My dr says I have acute interstitial lung disease and wants to do a pulmonary function test and high resolution CT scan. What does all of this mean?

My dr says I have acute interstitial lung disease and wants to do a pulmonary function test and high resolution CT scan. What does all of this mean?

Not simple pneumonia: For a simple pneumonia, the initial x-rays can provide classical features and the doc can send you on your way with simple treatment. Interstitial lung disease requires a more involved evaluation because the potential causes are quite diverse. Differentiating a simple transient from a long term issue is important to identify a cause and course of treatment. ...Read more

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Will a CT angiogram of the coronary arteries reveal a pulmonary embolism or other lung disease and is it harmful to have 2 CT scans in the same month?

Will a CT angiogram of the coronary arteries reveal a pulmonary embolism or other lung disease and is it harmful to have 2 CT scans in the same month?

It might: A CT angiogram or the coronaries might show a pulmonary embolism, provided that the radiologists obtained full field of view reconstructions (some do not) and the pulmonary embolism is not higher or lower than the field of view. Most often, the answer would be yes, a significant PE would be identified on this type of scan. Having two ct's in the same month is not optimal, but likely of no harm. ...Read more

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What is hypoxemic respiratory failure chronic and restrictive lung disease?

Poor lung function: Basically the lungs are not expanding like they should be as such they are not working well and not oxygenating the blood. ...Read more

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Do lung diseases result in increased dead space in your respiratory system?

Dead space in lung: Dead space is a term used to describe an area of the lung where gas exchange cannot occur - it does not mean dead lung tissue. Everyone has dead space and it is comprised mainly of your airways. It is measured as a percentage. Dead space is affected by many variables including the size of the breath we inhale. Dead space typically decreases as we exercise because we take bigger breaths. ...Read more

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What lung disease cause clubbing nails and can it be a sign of respiratory acidosis?

What lung disease cause clubbing nails and can it be a sign of respiratory acidosis?

Clubbing: Describes the bulbous, clublike deformation of the distal portion of the fingers and toes resulting from connective-tissue proliferation. Clubbing may be hereditary, ie, primary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, but, more often, it is acquired and is associated with a number of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular disorders. It may occur with several lung diseases.

Ref:Medscape ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy after a double lung transplant if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

See below: Latest data quote the average life expectancy after a double lung transplant as 6.8 years. It may be a little lower for COPD as some other diseases have better outcomes but it will be in a similar ballpark. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD whose lungs are too damaged for lung reduction surgery?

Varies...: There are many variables so it is difficult to predict. The most important thing for you to do to slow the disease's progression is to stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke as much as possible. If your oxygen level is low enough, use oxygen which will also slow disease progression. Other treatments are available to control symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with 25% use of heart & 25% use of lungs with severe emphysema?

What is the life expectancy of someone with 25% use of heart & 25% use of lungs with severe emphysema?

Not possible...: There are so many factors that contribute to life expectancy that it is not possible to predict life expectancy with this information. The best way to prolong your life as much as possible is to optimize your therapy, including smoking cessation, so see your doctors and follow treatment advice. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with staph infection of the lungs? This person has been on life support for 2 1/2 weeks

What is the life expectancy for someone with staph infection of the lungs? This person has been on life support for 2 1/2 weeks

Can not say but poor: Can not comment without knowing more details but prognosis is poor but not hopeless if that's all the person has. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy once metastatic cancer is found in the bones and lungs?

What is the life expectancy once metastatic cancer is found in the bones and lungs?

Depends: Depends on the primary cancer diagnosis and other issues.
Bone mets can be treated with bisphosphonate (zometa) or Denosumab (xgeva) as well as radiation or systemic (eg chemo) therapy. ...Read more

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Lung Diseases (Definition)

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Respiratory (Definition)

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