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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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 is the treatment of the chronic obstructive lung disease?

What is the treatment of the chronic obstructive lung disease?

Breathe good air: Avoidance of cigarette smoke and other lung irritants is of paramount importance. Inhaled medications containing anticholinergic drugs, corticosteroid drugs, and bronchodilators are often helpful. There are also exercises that can be taught by pulmonary rehab specialists. ...Read more

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Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Treatment for shortness of breath in end stage copd?

Wow: You should see a lung specialist. Usually an inhaled steroid, an anticholinergic, a long acting beta agonist and a short acting beta agonist should help. But there are many other things such as rehabilitation and prednisone. See a lung specialist.to have it fine tuned. ...Read more

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Please describe the most important treatment of acute COPD exacerbation?

Please describe the most important treatment of acute COPD exacerbation?

Steroids antibiotic: Patients needs steroids ie Prednisone for 5- 14 days and course of antibiotics for 5-10 days. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of emphysema and COPD?

What is the medical definition of emphysema and COPD?

Same thing: copd refers to the decreased airflow seen in the disease. emphysema is the pathologic process in the lung seen with copd. however the terms are used interchangably when discussing tobacco related lung disease. patients fear the term emphysema and prefer copd or chronic bronchitis ...Read more

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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

Open lungs up: Atelectasis of lung means there is no air iin a portion of lung. This occurs if a branch of the bronchi leading to that part of the lung is blocked by mucous/phlegm or even a foreign body (like an aspirated piece of food for example). Often use of cough, bronchodilators can open bronchi up and clear phlegm or a bronchoscope can be used to suction it out. ...Read more

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Which hospital handles the treatment of interstitial lung disease?

Which hospital handles the treatment of interstitial lung disease?

Lung disease hospita: generally speaking in the hospital with a good pulmonary medicine department should be able to treat interstitial lung disease. There are some specialty hospitals that focus on this. Most notably is National Jewish medical center in Denver Colorado. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of acute asthma?

What is the treatment of acute asthma?

Several medications: Bronchodilators such as albuterol (ventolin, proventil) or xopenex (levalbuterol) enlarge the diameter of the airways to help air flow and mucus come out of the lungs. Patients with cough-variant asthma, exercise-induced asthma, or regular asthma also use steroid inhalers (such as flovent) to reduce swelling, mucus, and "sensitivity" in the airways. Singulair is an additional medication that can be started. ...Read more

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What is the treatment and effectivness of that treatment for stage III lung cancer?

What is the treatment and effectivness of that treatment for stage III lung cancer?

Wrong Forum: That answer, to give it justice, would require a forum much larger than this simple application. We only have 400 characters to answer your question. Can you be more specific with us with one concern? Or you may want to consider webmd.com or the NIH website to start in learning about lung cancer. ...Read more

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What is the progression of interstitial lung disease ?

What is the progression of  interstitial lung disease ?

Treat cause: Interstitial lung disease (ild) has many possible causes and some do not progress. For example inhaled substances, drugs, arthritis, and infectious causes can often be treated if the offending agent is identified, exposure is stopped and appropriate treatment started. Autoimmune disease causes can be treated. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, cancer, or unknown causes may progress more rapidly. ...Read more

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What is the progression of interstitial lung disease ?

What is the progression of interstitial lung disease ?

ILD progression: Interstitial lung disease refers to a group of disorders that affect the area of the lung that supports the alveoli. In order to give a prognosis for interstitial lung disease, you must know the specific disease causing it. This usually requires a lung biopsy. Some causes of interstitial lung disease are treatable - others are not. ...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 course of disease (with and without treatment) for acute asthma?

What is the course of disease (with and without treatment) for acute asthma?

Hard to say: Asthma is not a "One size fits all" problem. For some it is so minor they just cough when the seasons change, some will die of their attack if untreated. Some with rather minor asthma can go through a life threatening event when a simple aggravating factor like the flu or bronchitis triggers the attack.Modern treatments can allow most to achieve good control and minimize risk. ...Read more

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What are treatments of chronic bronchitis?

What are treatments of chronic bronchitis?

Treatments...: Treatments for chronic bronchitis include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. Other treatments depend on symptoms present. There is no cure. Smoking cessation is needed, if still smoking. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for interstitial lung disease?

Unfortunately none: There is no effective treatment for interstitial lung disease that alters progression or mortality. In fact treatment has been shown to worsen survival over no treatment. That said, two treatments are currently in progress; perfenidone and n-acetyl -cysteine may have some limited role in improving outcomes, but the data is not yet complete. ...Read more

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What type of inhalers are best for emphysema?

What type of inhalers are best for emphysema?

Depends...: You should discuss this with your pulmonologist who can direct you to which inhaler is going to be best for you. There are many to pick from. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of usual interstitial pneumonia (uip)?

What is the prognosis of usual interstitial pneumonia (uip)?

Usually is not good: Regardless of etiology, uip is relentlessly progressive, usually leading to respiratory failure and death. Some patients do well for a prolonged period of time, but then deteriorate rapidly because of a superimposed acute illness (so-called "accelerated uip"). The outlook for long-term survival is poor. In most studies, the median survival is 3 to 4 years. ...Read more

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What is the difference in treatment between chronic lung disease and lung cancer?

What is the difference in treatment between chronic lung disease and lung cancer?

Different: Non small cell lung cancer mainstay of therapy is surgical resection for appropiate lesions. 5yr survival for stage i nsclc after surgical resection is about 70%, stage ii about 30%. Chronic lung disease is emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, obviously a totally different diagnosis. Patients may develop lung cancer with or without chronic lung disease but more common in smokers. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lung cancer compared to emphysema?

What are the symptoms of lung cancer compared to emphysema?

Cough: Emphysema typically causes breathlessness with exertion. Cancer is silent at first, but later can cause persistent cough or even coughing up blood. Chest pain that is persistent may occur. Emphysema generally doesn't cause much coughing, unlike chronic bronchitis which often occurs in combination (copd). ...Read more

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What is treatment for fibrosis of marrow, and what are chances of survival?

The prognosis in: Myelofibrosis can be quite variable. There is a scoring system which would be of help in an individual case. Talk to your doc about the specifics of your case. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

One type of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) characterized by a loss of lung tissue, causing hyperinflation and increased effort to ...Read more