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Doctor insights on: Side Effects After Lung Removal Or Living With One Lung

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I'll be undergoing a lung removal operation. What can I expect?

I'll be undergoing a lung removal operation. What can I expect?

Talk: Talk with your surgeon. Ask them to draw exactly what they will be doing. Ask about the recovery process, both while in the hospital and once you leave. ...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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Else ever experienced lung removal?

Else ever experienced lung removal?

Countless patients: Depending on functional status of remaining lung tissue and extent of resection, most patients lead an entirely normal life after lung resection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lung removal?

What is the definition or description of: lung removal?

Lung removal: Lung resection surgery includes usually lobectomy and pneumonectomy. The lung is divided anatomically into 3 lobes on the right and 2 lobes on the left. Surgical removal of a lobe is called a lobectomy. Removal of the entire lung is called a pneumonectomy. These are usually done via a thoracotomy incision but can be done with small incisions or vats surgery. ...Read more

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Will I be in the icu after a right middle lobe lung removal? Will I be on a ventilator?

Will I be in the icu after a right middle lobe lung removal? Will I be on a ventilator?

ICU: Many thoracic surgical procedures require ICU admission post operatively Many procedures also result in patients remaining on a mechanical ventilator. There are many variables that go into those decisions. The patients comorbidities, complications during the procedure as well as the skill of the surgeon and anesthesiologist and the nursing and surgical teams responsible for your care. ...Read more

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Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

It Can: Especially have removal of an entire lung, or pneumonectomy. The heart and great vessels can shift to the side of the lung that was removed. This is called "post pneumonectomy syndrome". It is a rare condition and can limit the blood returning to the heart and/or the blood leaving the heart. ...Read more

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What are common heart problems after lung removal surgery?

What are common heart problems after lung removal surgery?

Few: Do you mean pneumonectomy? Total removal of one lung? Well atrial fibrillation may occur in about 20%. Bouts of pulmonary hypertension may cause right ventricular dysfunction. Left pneumonectomy usually better tolerated than right. Depending on preoperative overall ventricular function and the quality of the remaining lung, symptoms minimal to catastrophic. ...Read more

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I had a surgery of my right lung, removal of non cancer noduals upper lobe removed, was in hospetal for 28 days?

I had a surgery of my right lung, removal of non cancer noduals upper lobe removed, was in hospetal for 28 days?

Depends on details: The details of why and how the surgery was performed as well as baseline health status all impact length of stay (los). Generally, minimally invasive (vats or robotic) surgery has shorter los then thoracotomy. Generally, more "normal" lung tissue vs emphysematous/copd lung tissue has less complications and therefore shorter los. Saying much beyond would be wild speculation. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?

What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?

Multiple: Lung cancer effects can either be local, due to the location of the cancer, or distant, due to metastasis or spread. Once diagnosed, treatment is focused on removal or chemotherapy and /or radiation if not removable. Cure is generally based on the stage of the cancer at presentation. You can live with one lung quite well. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash k. Khanna mentionned chest pain could be one of the side effects when you taking 5000 mcg of biotin. It is only allergic reaction or what?

Dr. Yash k. Khanna mentionned chest pain could be one of the side effects when you taking 5000 mcg of biotin. It is only allergic reaction or what?

Biotin is a Vitamin: I've never heard of biotin causing chest pain. Biotin is a vitamin, and I typically suggest 2, 500mcg of biotin for my patients with hair and nail abnormalities as a supplement. If you are having chest pain seek help from your primary care doctor or urgent care. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up my lungs clearing rubbish from years of smoking? Does mucosolvan pills help? Can I take daily without side effects

What can I do to speed up my lungs clearing rubbish from years of smoking? Does mucosolvan pills help? Can I take daily without side effects

Time is the best: Medicine for this. The standard in the community is to stop smoking and give yourself time. I don't recommend initiating anything else such as the pills you noted. It is not indicated in my opinion. Don't trade one addiction for the need for another pill. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I take advair 100/50 for mild/moderate asthma or should I try fix my lungs naturally? I'm afraid of some of the side effects I've read.

Should I take advair 100/50 for mild/moderate asthma or should I try fix my lungs naturally? I'm afraid of some of the side effects I've read.

Define "naturally": I agree there is no proven natural remedy if you're talking about herbal supplements, etc. Now, if you have allergic asthma, immunotherapy is shown to improve asthma control. This is a long-term process by which your immune system is changed with regular injections of allergen extract (also referred to as allergy shots). Some would consider that more natural. ...Read more

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What goes on in the lungs when you inhale steam for 10+ minutes? Is there any negative side effects to inhaling steam?

Not likely: Unless the steam is contaminated with molds or other organic pollutants or if it is very hot when being inhaled, inhalation of steam in a steam bath is unlikely to cause problems. However, steam inhalation has not been shown to be helpful for anything and is best avoided. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking steroids for baby lungs?

What are the side effects of taking steroids for baby lungs?

Benefits: The benefits of fetal lung maturity far outweigh the risks. They reduce neonatal death, improve lung function, and lessen the risk of bleeding into the brain. If you meet the criteria for steroids, talk with your physician about any apprehension. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lung perfusion scan?

What are the side effects of lung perfusion scan?

Usually none: The dose of radioactivity given is small, and the test is considered safe and harmless. If a woman is pregnant, the use of any radioactive material must be carefully weighed as to potential benefits vs risks to the fetus. ...Read more

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I have rcc + lung mets. The reported side effects from votrient (pazopanib) look daunting, yet my dr. Will not okay sick leave. Is this common practice?

I have rcc + lung mets. The reported side effects from votrient (pazopanib) look daunting, yet my dr. Will not okay sick leave. Is this common practice?

It's usually ok: Quite a few people are able to continue to work while on votrient (pazopanib). It's worth seeing how you respond to treatment before deciding whether you need to take off from work. If you have a lot of side effects related to the drugs, it's worth discussing whether you would benefit from dose reduction. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

Talk to your doctor: There are specific side effects for each medication. Different regimens are used, your doctor can talk to you in detail about the planned treatment and the potential side effects. ...Read more

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Had a lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease what is some side effects?

Had a lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease what is some side effects?

Depends...: Did you have an open lung biopsy or a biopsy via bronchoscopy? The more common is via bronchoscopy and the side effects of this include coughing up some blood, which should be small amounts and should stop after a few days. Other possible side effects include low grade fever, cough. If you are coughing significant amounts of blood, high fever or short of breath, then you need to go to the er. ...Read more

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Pls can u advice of name of a antifungal medication for lungs that doesn't ve risk to liver or has no serious side effects and the duration for its use?

Pls can u advice of name of a antifungal medication for lungs that doesn't ve risk to liver or has no serious side effects and the duration for its use?

Systemic anti-fungal: If you have a fungal lung infection, you should be talking with your doctor, not searching online. This is a dangerous infection and should not be taken lightly. ...Read more

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3cm nodule on rt lung hilerregion? Pet scan this am, can scan cause cancer & what are side effects? I'm scared to have cancer &nodule in lowerlft lung!

3cm nodule on rt lung hilerregion? Pet scan this am, can scan cause cancer & what are side effects? I'm scared to have cancer &nodule in lowerlft lung!

PET scan is the answ: PET scan is a safe test. It is the best test to find out if the nodule in your lung is benign (no PET uptake) or Cancerous (increased PET update also called Hot scan.
Your doctor will guide you according to the results of your PET scan. Let us know the result when available. ...Read more

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Could you have long term side effects after a collapsed lung at birth?

Could you have long term side effects after a collapsed lung at birth?

Yes: There are a series of associated items. Including lung and diaphragm.
The lung may have anomalies, or failure to expand completely. ...Read more

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I wish to try N -acetyl cysteine; I ve heard it eases anxiety and liver problems-is this true? Any side effects of using this [I ve lung issues]

I wish to try N -acetyl cysteine; I ve heard it eases anxiety and liver problems-is this true? Any side effects of using this [I ve lung issues]

Side effects: NAC is very safe for most people. It should not be used if you have asthma or a history of asthma or if you have a bleeding disorder as it can impair clotting. Other side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although it often chelates metabolites in the liver, it can cause liver toxicity and should be avoided if you have liver issues, take numerous medications or drink frequently ...Read more

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Had a CT of the lungs and they injected the fluids inside my IV that's makes you get really warm everywhere. When do the side effects wear off?

Had a CT of the lungs and they injected the fluids inside my IV that's makes you get really warm everywhere. When do the side effects wear off?

Almost immediately: Contrast material, or x-ray dye, is often injected IV in a ct scan to see things better. Some people 'feel' the dye as a warm sensation which lasts during the injection and subsides almost immediately. Some people have dye 'allergies' which usually manifest within seconds to minutes after the injection. They can be minor or more serious. Minor reactions include nausea, vomiting and hives. ...Read more

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My father have fluid in his lungs but he has stop taking medication. What are the side effects of not taking medication. Can it lead to lung cancer?

My father have fluid in his lungs but he has stop taking medication. What are the side effects of not taking medication. Can it lead to lung cancer?

Lung fluid worsening: Your father needs to go see his doctor to discuss why he stopped the medication- was he having side effects, too costly? Whatever the case, his doctor may be able to offer him an alternative so the fluid in his lungs does not get worse to the point where he has difficulty breathing. If the cause of the fluid has not yet been determined, he should also discuss diagnostic tests with his doctor. ...Read more

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My do. Gave me a steriod shot for a virus that gave me a lung infection. What side effects should I expect. It only stays in the body for 3 days?

My do. Gave me a steriod shot for a virus that gave me a lung infection. What side effects should I expect. It only stays in the body for 3 days?

Viral infection: Something seems wrong with your description of what you have and the treatment prescribed. Suggest you discuss this with the doctor seeing you and if you do not get a satisfactory response, see another doctor for a second opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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With zero estrogen after surgical menopause, and no HRT how can I protect myself against the potenial side effects such as altzeimers, lung cancer et?

Exercise: The best defense against chronic diseases (including cancer) is living a healthful lifestyle (i.e. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise, stress reduction, don't smoke, avoid toxins and carcinogens.). ...Read more

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How much does chemo really extend life expectancy in metastatic lung cancer? The side effects are greatly diminishing my mom's quality of life.

How much does chemo really extend life expectancy in metastatic lung cancer? The side effects are greatly diminishing my mom's quality of life.

Oncologist: I am very sorry that your mom is terribly ill. I hope she can recover from the side effects and have a better quality of life soon. The prognosis for stage IV lung cancer is poor. However, several factors are involved on a particular patient response to a given chemotherapy agent. Your oncologist can tell you the numbers for the protocol she is on. Work on her nutritionandenjoy your times together. ...Read more

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I have lam disease -a rare lung disease. Just diagnosed w/atrial flutter &prescribed metoprolol tartrate. Any lung side effects from new med 2 watch 4?

I have lam disease -a rare lung disease. Just diagnosed w/atrial flutter &prescribed metoprolol tartrate. Any lung side effects from new med 2 watch 4?

Beta blockers: In sensitive patients with reactive airway disease, beta blockers may trigger airways spasm leading to asthma-like symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing. ...Read more

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Lung Removal (Definition)

Lung resection surgery includes usually lobectomy and pneumonectomy. The lung is divided anatomically into 3 lobes on the right and 2 lobes on the left. Surgical removal of a lobe is called a lobectomy. Removal of the entire lung is called a pneumonectomy. These are usually done via a thoracotomy incision but can be done with small ...Read more