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Wegeners Granulomatosis Lungs And Breathing
Autoimmune disease: Like all autoimmune diseases, the cause is not really known, but likely a combination of genetic factors and environmental exposures (e.g., infections, chemicals, pollutants). Treatment depends on how severe disease it is. Typically steroids (e.g. Prednisone) and if severe, Cytoxan or rituxan (rituximab). If limited disease (just nasal/upper airway involvement), Methotrexate may be sufficient. ...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
Cardiology tests seem in clear but pulm CT scan of chest showed hyperinflated lungs and breathing function test was poor. What is next step?
Yes: Wegener's granulomatosis with polyangiitis is an incurable form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) that affects the lungs, kidneys, and other organs. Due to its organ damage, it is life-threatening and requires long-term immunosuppression. Five-year survival is up to 87%, with some of the mortality due to toxicity of treatment. Since that is an average figure, some will live longer. ...Read more
WG: Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) is a rare disease that causes the walls of blood vessels to become inflamed (called vasculitis). This limits blood flow to tissues and can affect any organ. WG is a type of autoimmune disease. This means the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. Its cause is unknown. ...Read more
Husband diagnosed with wegener's granulomatosis. Will his lung & kidney function return to normal?
Chance: In the past, wegener's granulomatosis was usually fatal. Currently, we have new and excellent treatment for the disease and some patients with kidney and lung disease have gone into remission. That does not always mean that the lung or kidney function will be completely normal but the disease progression can be stopped in some cases. ...Read more
Several causes: Fluid in lungs can be due to several causes & it should be investigated by your doctor to determine appropriate therapy. Because the retained fluid in your lungs makes your lungs relatively stiff & makes it harder for oxygen to enter your body, it will lead to problems with breathing as the body tries to make up for this by breathing faster. Please consult a lung specialist for treatment. ...Read more
Short of breath: A person would get short of breath, have a difficult time taking a deep breath, sometimes may have some associated pain from the origin of the lung injury. ...Read more
See a doctor: There are many potential causes of chest pain, ranging from musculoskeletal to respiratory to cardiac/heart, among others. Without a complete history and thorough exam, it's impossible to determine the cause of your chest pain. You should make an appointment with your primary physician to determine what testing or treatment is recommended based on a complete assessment. ...Read more
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