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Doctor insights on: Sarcoidosis Develop Asthma Emphysema

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Dr. William Singer
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

Not pretty: Emphysema lungs are large and have many distended air sacks. It is commonly called "smokers lung" and the lungs look as in the picture. Sarcoidosis, though, rarely can have "emphysematous changes", . For the most part, it is associated with scarring of the lungs as well as large lymph nodes in between the lungs. ...Read more

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What happens to me now that I have emphysema and pulmonary sarcoidosis?

What happens to me now that I have emphysema and pulmonary sarcoidosis?

Depends: It all depends on the severity of each problem. Both COPD and sarcoidosis can be treated, but neither is curable. If you smoke you must stop right now. Rely on a pulmonary specialist to manage this complex set of problems. ...Read more

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I have recenty been diagnosed as patient with sarcoidosis, I have fatigue and exertional dyspnoea.Do i need treatment?I have asthma and diabetic.

I have recenty been diagnosed as patient with sarcoidosis, I have fatigue and exertional dyspnoea.Do i need treatment?I have asthma  and diabetic.

Rule out other cause: Fatigue is a well described component if sarcoidosis, it is a part of sarcoidosis penumbra( insomnia, fatigue and possible neuropathic symptoms) . Please talk to your doctor to see if other causes have up be ruled out such as hypothyroidism and any sleep related breathing disorders ...Read more

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Can you be on antibiotics when you get the pneumonia shot. Because I am in stage 4 of sarcoidosis and copd?

Can you be on antibiotics when you get the pneumonia shot. Because I am in stage 4 of sarcoidosis and copd?

Yes, different modes: Yes you can be on an antibiotic and get the pneumonia shot. While antibiotics work to kill the pathogens by direct action on the infecting micro-organisms, vaccines work by stimulating your body's immune system to recognize pathogens against which you're being vaccinated and mount an immunologic response to kill them. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed COPD w/Interstitial lung disease. I had sarcoidosis at 24 I am now 59 yrs. old. I am short of breath. What is the treament?

I have  been diagnosed COPD w/Interstitial lung disease. I had sarcoidosis at 24 I am now 59 yrs. old.  I am short of breath. What is the treament?

There: are new treatments for active pulmonary fibrosis, some treatments to alleviate bronchospasm, talk to your pulmonologist, or rheumatologist if sarcoid active for other treatments. ...Read more

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Can one have asthma and emphysema?

Can one have asthma and emphysema?

Yes: Asthma is a clinical diagnosis. Emphysema is a radiological diagnosis . Overlap between chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema is a known entity. However, pulmonary function testing and ct scan of the chest should atleast differentiate between asthma and emphysema, but once again they are not mutually exclusive conditions. ...Read more

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Asthma and emphysema sufferers: what tips do you have for us?

Asthma and emphysema sufferers: what tips do you have for us?

Flu shot: Get a flu shot and if over 50 get a pneumonia shot, and use your inhalers regularly to avoid exacerbations. Prevention is the key. ...Read more

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Could one person have asthma and emphysema at the same time?

Could one person have asthma and emphysema at the same time?

Yes : There is growing evidence that there may be a subset of patients who smoke that have a combination of emphysema and asthma. ...Read more

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What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt? How are they treated?

What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt?  How are they treated?

Emergency situations: As an emt in these cases you primary concern is to make sure the patient can breathe. In asthma, codp emphysema and "chronic bronchitis" a resuce inhaler like albuterol or ipratropium(copd) owuld be your first response. Steroid inhalers are not for rescue situations. ...Read more

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Bill was told he has start of Emphysema and he's never smoked. They said scarring from child hood asthma. Is there anything to slow progression?

Bill was told he has start of Emphysema and he's never smoked. They said scarring from child hood asthma. Is there anything to slow progression?

Aging lung changes: Some loss of air sacs in the lung with age alone occurs. This loss is called emphysema. Years of uncontrolled asthma at any age can damage the lung. Disorder called Alpha1 Antitrypsin where early in life emphysema is seen but unlikely cause here. Any chronic inhalation of smoke or chemical fumes can cause lung damage. Avoiding elements such as these and treating lung infections preserves the lung ...Read more

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How can a doctor tell if you have asthma or emphysema?

Diagnostic Testing: A combination of various x-rays and pulmonary function testing, including perhaps what is called a methacholine challenge test will help make a definitive diagnosis. Be sure to consult with a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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(pulmonary emphysema ) considered as one of the (asthma ) complications, how ?!

(pulmonary emphysema ) considered as one of the (asthma ) complications, how ?!

No, not really: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often due to smoking. It typically is not a "complication" of asthma. Now, asthma can cause lung problems, but emphysema is typically not one of them. ...Read more

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Do I have emphysema? 28 10 pack years. Constant sob. Anxiety. Pft normal with very low dlco. Smoked before test. Dr says asthma. What other causes?

Do I have emphysema? 28 10 pack years. Constant sob. Anxiety. Pft normal with very low dlco. Smoked before test. Dr says asthma. What other causes?

Low DLCO: In asthma FEV1 is < 80% w/ FEV1/FVC ratio preserved, In COPD FEV1/FVC ratio is <0.7, FEV1is normal or low depending on stage of COPD. Low DLCO seen in fibrosis, vasculitis, emphysema- alveolar ( gas exchange ) area reduced due to destruction. FVC is low in restrictive disease. Smoking can worsen results of the test. If DLCO is low one would expect low FEV1/FVC unless intersitial f/u/doc ...Read more

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Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Restriction: Airway "obstruction" refers to limitation of air flow through the airways. "restriction" refers to processes that keep the lungs from opening fully when you inhale. Restriction can result from fibrosis, or thickening, of the lung as with diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It can even be from something as simple as obesity or muscle weakness that keeps you from breathing deeply. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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Sarcoidosis (Definition)

A condition in which nodules form in various organs, including lymph nodes, lungs, eyes, and liver. Common symptoms include cough, chest pain below the breast bone, fatigue, ...Read more