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Symptoms Of Lung Blebs
Cysts: Lung blebs are air-filled cysts at the top or apices of the lungs. Symptoms usually are manifested as a spontaneous pneumothorax in a teenager. Initially a chest tube is placed to re-expand the lung. Once expanded a chest CT is done to check for cysts. The cysts can be stapled using thoracoscopic technique. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is there a reliable way to see lung blebs without surgery? And if you can see them, can you reliably predict the likelihood that they'll rupture?
Sometimes: If large enough, ct scan can identify blebs and bullae. There is no way to predict spontaneous pneumothorax, "rupture". If someone has blebs and is planning higher risk activities such as mountain climbing, skydiving, scuba diving, etc... Best to discuss with family physician and consider thoracic surgeon consultation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I still be short of breath 6 days after lung collapse and removal of bleb surgery? Total lung inflate was on 5th day.
Follow up with MD: While it is possible that the shortness of breath is due to pain from the surgery, it is also possible that this represents re-collapse of the lung from an air leak, or fluid that has accumulated in the chest after surgery. In either case, you should contact your surgeon's office to be seen and to get another chest xr to look at the lung. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 7 months ago I had a collapsed left lung with chest tube and surgery. Burst bleb. Every time I cough or sneeze I feel pain in left lung. Why?
Emphysema: Is a disease of the lung which is either caused by smoking or a genetic disorder. Emphysema destroys lung tissue and creates holes called blebs that look like Swiss cheese holes. By themselves, they are not dangerous, but they can lead to pneumothorax (collapsed lung). Since they are associated with smoking, they can be the location of future lung cancer. So please STOP SMOKING. ...Read more
Days to weeks: It's normal to feel sore and short of breath. This will improve gradually. Ask your doctor when it's safe to exercise again. Moving and gentle stretching will help the incisional tightness feel better. As you increase your aerobic capacity, the shortness of breath will get better too. You haven't lost much lung tissue, and since you are young you will get back to normal before very long. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Emphysema is a vacant hole in your lungs most commonly due to smoking. There are some genetic disorders such as alpha one anti trypsin that can cause it (more likely at your age) and when the burst your lungs collapse which is a pneumothorax (air outside your lungs but up in your chest cavity) can be life threatening and needs immediate treatment. ...Read more
Hd 3 lung resections since95, 4 blebs, the past yr I hv hd @least4+ bout w pleurisy. Cud I hv an existing infection/disease fm all early my lung prob?
Not enough data: Unfortunately, I need more information. What were the lung resections for? As for the blebs, have you had recurrent pneumothorax? The pleurisy, was there any documented infection in the pleural space or just fluid? Without that information, any advice would be very speculative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My doctor says I have "mild emphysematous blebs on upper right apex of the lung." What does this mean?
It means there: Are small abnormal cystic air-filled spaces in the upper right lung. It is likely an incidental finding that has been there for years, and is of no clinical significance. However, it is possible that it is an early manifestation of a more progressive process, so speak to your doctor about the significance in your particular situation. ...Read more
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?
Usually none: Most people with asbestos exposure have no symptoms. Asbestos can result in asbestosis of the lung which causes scarring of the lung resulting in decreased lung function, which often produces shortness of breath. It can also cause pleural effussions, lung cancer or mesothelioma. ...Read more
Depends: Lung cancer may occur in smokers or non-smokers. The symptoms are dependent on the location and extent of the cancer. It may be found when asymptomatic (no symptoms) or when very advanced an many symptoms, such as pain, hemoptysis (coughing up blood), seizure (brain mets), shortness of breath, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer