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What are the causes of lung scarring?

What are the causes of lung scarring?

Smoking: The most common cause is smoking. Certain diseases like TB can also leave permanent scars in your lungs. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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 are the causes of differences in the severity of cystic fibrosis?

What are the causes of differences in the severity of cystic fibrosis?

Different mutations: Mutations in the cftr gene cause cystic fibrosis. The cftr gene provides instructions for making a channel that transports negatively charged particles called chloride ions into and out of cells. More than 1, 000 different mutations in the cftr gene have been identified in people with cystic fibrosis. Depending on the which mutations and other genetic factors, this leads to variability of disease. ...Read more

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What are causes of alveolar wall damage in copd?

What are causes of alveolar wall damage in copd?

Imbalance: We have chemicals called proteases which can break down tissue and anti-proteases which turn them off. People susceptible to COPD have an excess of proteolytic enzymes which break down the alveolar wall over time. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pneumonia?Treatment of pneumonia?

What are the causes of pneumonia?Treatment of pneumonia?

Infection/antibiotic: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, which can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Somethings which predispose to pneumonia include impaired cough ( which may happen after surgery or after something like a stroke, weakened immune system, which may be seen with things like cancer chemo, or chronic lung disease. Treatment is antibiotics, support like supplemental oxygen if needed and time. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the symptoms of tuberculosis?

What are the causes of the symptoms of tuberculosis?

Lung inflammation: Tuberculosis (TB) can spread to many organ systems but involves lungs as initial site of infection. It induces intense inflammation that destroys normal lung tissue & causes cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever & night sweat. Body's immune system tries to contain infection by forming granulomas to wall off the TB bug, but cytokines released by activated immune cells causes damage to lungs. ...Read more

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What are the causes of shortness of breath?

What are the causes of shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: This is a symptom of not getting enough air. It can be caused by many things. If the person is normal but there isn't enough oxygen, if the person over exerts. If there isn't enough red blood cells in the blood. If the lungs don't work well, heart dysfunction, abnormal respiratory mechanics. ...Read more

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What are the causes of inflammation of the pancreas?

Here are a few caus: Excessive use of alcohol is a common cause of acute pancreatitis(inflammation of the pancreas). Another common cuae is gall bladder stones. Rarely it can be a block in the duct of the pancreas as can happen with pancreatic cancer or from a stone in the pancreatic duct. ...Read more

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What are the causes of causes constrictive pericarditis?

What are the causes of causes constrictive pericarditis?

Multiple: Pericardial inflammation can occur from renal failure, tb, malignancy, bacterial infection or most commonly, viral inflammation. Also rheumatoid disease and other autoimmune problems. After a heart attack, dressler's syndrome is inflammation of the pericardium and after heart surgery, blood or fluid can accumulate and cause inflammation. Radiation is also a source. All can lead to constrictive per. ...Read more

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What are the lead causes of lung cancer (aside from smoking)?

What are the lead causes of lung cancer (aside from smoking)?

Environmental: Plenty of stuff in the air which can lead to lung cancer, depending on the level and length of exposure. Also, radiation, radon gas, and asbestos are implicated. ...Read more

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What are some of the causes of the heart failure?

What are some of the causes of the heart failure?

Multiple: Most common: coronary artery disease. Others: viral illness, drugs/ toxins, infiltrative disorders, hyper and hypothyroid, tachycardia, , and many more. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of asbestosis in the lungs?

What are the symptoms of asbestosis in the lungs?

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

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What are the possible causes of shortness of breath?

Many possibilities: You're taking albuterol so asthma & copd/emphysema come to mind. Pleural effusion & pulmonary embolism, too. Bronchitis & pneumonia. Heart attack & heart failure. Abnormal heart rhythm. Pneumothorax. If that's not enough, check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/shortness-of-breath/my00119/dsection=causes. Check w/your doc for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of having dryness in the lungs.?

What are the causes of having dryness in the lungs.?

Explain question: I am not sure I understand what dryness in the lungs is- please resubmit your question. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pneumonia?

What are the causes of pneumonia?

Infection: Pneumonia is a result of an infection of the lung tissue. This can be cause by bacteria, viruses, or even some fungii. Pneumonia symptoms usually include fevers, chills, cough, shortness of breath, and occasionally chest pain. If you have a disease or take any medication that suppresses your immune system, more exotic bacteria and fungii can cause the infection. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lung cancer in the various stages of the cancer?

What are the symptoms of lung cancer in the various stages of the cancer?

No single answer: Cough, chest pain, blood in sputim, shortness of breath, weight loss are all possible symptoms of lung cancer, but are not exclusive to lung cancer. As the disease can spread to other organs, headache, weakness or numbness may signify involvement of the brain, pain in bones may signify bone involvement. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of lung cancer and emphysema?

What are some of the symptoms of lung cancer and emphysema?

Varies: Common symptoms of emphysema include cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The problem with lung cancer is...many times, there are no symptoms (like coughing up blood) until it is too late. That is why lung cancer is so deadly. And that is why smoking, which causes lung cancer, is so harmful. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pulmonary fibrosis?

What is the cause of pulmonary fibrosis?

SILICA,ASBESTOS,BIRD: Fibrosis in the lungs has many causes 1inhalation of silica dust, asbestos, grain dust, bird and animal droppings 2 radiation therapy for breast cancer 3medications like chemotherapeutic drugs and amiodarone, methotrexate, nitrofurantoin 4 secondary effect of other diseases likeinterstitial lung disease 5 idiopathic when no cause can be found 6 sarcoidosis and wegnors granulomata 7 connective tissue di. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pulmonary stenosis?

What are the causes of pulmonary stenosis?

Pulmonary Stenosis: please look at www.mayoclinic.org then search for pulmonary stenosis for a great discussion. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases?

What are the causes of the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases?

Many factors: There are many factors, some are 1 peoples resistant to get their children and themselves immunized due to ignorance 2 international travel which brings infectious disease from under developed countries to others 3 new unexpected disease like h1n1 4 over use of antibiotics causing resistant organisms. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more