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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 more
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 more
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 more
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?
Adhesions: Scar tissue. The lung gets stuck against the rib cage and the ribs are not fully healed yet, either. You need a good session with the DR who treated your pneumothorax. Coughing much? Coughing blood? Short of breath? Rapid heart? Etc. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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 more
Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read more
None in early stages: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. In approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer, the diagnosis is made after the disease has advanced. In one third of those diagnosed, the cancer has reached stage 3. Cough, weight loss, blood in sputum, hoarseness, and shortness of breath are some symptoms. ...Read more
It depends: On the extent, location, and type of lung cancer. There may be no symptoms with a small tumor. With more extensive involvement, there may be constitutional symptoms such as weight loss. There are numerous non metastatic potential disorders (paraneoplastic syndromes). There may be cough, chest pain, or hemoptysis depending on the local extent. ...Read more
Early on, no symptoms. May be identified on x-ray or ct for something independent.
hemoptysis- coughing blood
pain in apex or chest wall
shortness of breath.
Progress from tiny, to small stage 1, to local spread to lymph nodes,
to spread with distant metastasis stage 4. ...Read more
Too broad an issue:
The common symptoms of lung disease are cough, shortness of breath, sputum production and bleeding in sputum, weakness, cyanosis, clubbing of fingers, fever, pain in the chest etc. For lung cancer symptoms, see this site:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/lung-cancer/ds00038/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more
Can be many: Typical symptoms of lung cancer can be unintentional weight loss, coughing up blood, chest pain, night sweats, and some fevers and even pneumonia. But, usually, when you get these symptoms, the cancer is quite advanced. That's the problem with lung cancer: usually, it starts so small that you don't have symptoms. Then, when you do have symptoms, it is frequently too late. ...Read more
Shortness of breath:
Typically, interstitial lung disease causes shortness of breath. It can also cause low oxygen, weakness, fatigue, cough, wheezing. Or, it can cause no symptoms at all.
There are numerous causes for this disorder, and some can be treated adequately. So, if you think you have ild, it is important to get checked out right away. ...Read more