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Doctor insights on: What Does Crackles In Lungs Mean

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Is it necessary to go to doctor for crackles in lungs?

Is it necessary to go to doctor for crackles in lungs?

Yes: What you need to know is why is there an abnormal breath sound on your chest examination. The possibilities are quite diverse and your symptoms would help the doctor narrow things down. Fluid on the lungs, scarring or inflammation of the lung tissue are the most common reasons for crackles but again, the why is most important. Different medications may be needed. Crackles are not normal. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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


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If you have atypical pneumonia, are you likely to get crackles in lungs?

If you have atypical pneumonia, are you likely to get crackles in lungs?

You can: All types of pneumonias may have crackles in the bases of lung affected. ...Read more

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What does coarse inspiratory crackles heard during chest auscultation over lung bases mean? Is it an underlying cause of a disease?

What does coarse inspiratory crackles heard during chest auscultation over lung bases mean? Is it an underlying cause of a disease?

Crackles...: Crackles are an abnormal lung sound heard while listening over the lung fields with a stethoscope as the patient breathes in deeply. There are many etiologies for crackles including pulmonary edema from heart failure or some other cause, lung infiltrate, etc. The patient's other signs and symptoms usually helps to figure out the etiology of the crackles. Sometimes, a chest x-ray is also needed. ...Read more

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Went to my GP due to a chest infection He said he heard some crackles in my lungs does this mean pneumonia or can it still be just a chest infection?

Went to my GP due to a chest infection He said he heard some crackles in my lungs does this mean pneumonia or can it still be just a chest infection?

Not necessarily: A chest infection can be either viral or bacterial. Both of these can cause the mentioned crackles. Plead follow the advice of your doctor and return to see him if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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What does hard lungs mean?

What does hard lungs mean?

Fibrotic lungs: Any process that decreases air in the lungs. This includes pulm fibrosis, tumors that desrroy alveoli, some severe pneumonias with hepatization of the lung. Pneumoconioses also cause hard lungs. ...Read more

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What does hardened lungs mean?

What does hardened lungs mean?

Difficult to answer: Depends on what setting. Acute repiratory distress syndrome can be 'stiff lungs' this means the elastic function of the lung is compromised for some illness. People are on life support with this. There are very rare diseases that can cause this as well. Need to know the clinical situation. ...Read more

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What does density in lungs mean?

What does density in lungs mean?

Density in the lung: Is a very generic nonspecific term...it means that there is something in the lung on xray or CT that could be almost anything, form normal to abnormal, from innocuous to serious. ...Read more

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What is a wisp in the lungs mean?

What is a wisp in the lungs mean?

WISP and Lung Cancer: Our results (expression of cyr61, ctgf, and wisp-1 correlates with clinical features of lung cancer) suggest that cyr61, ctgf, and wisp-1 might be implicated in the development and progression of primary lung cancers, and their levels might serve as valuable prognostic markers, as well as potential targets for therapeutic intervention. ...Read more

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What does hardening of the lungs mean?

What does hardening of the lungs mean?

Interstitial disease: Hardening is a vague term. Perhaps its referring to interstitial disease? Basically, imagine your lungs are like a soft squishy sponge. When there's a disease process that damages the lung, it becomes hard and stiff (like a dry sponge). ...Read more

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What does low density in your lungs mean?

What does low density in your lungs mean?

Not sure: I am not sure. What are you specifically referring to? A finding on chest xray or chest CT? ...Read more

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What does it mean to have tightened lungs?

What does it mean to have tightened lungs?

Not sure.: I suspect you are referring to a restrictive lung disease. There are many types of restrictive lung disease so it is difficult to say exactly what it means in the long term. Short term, the best indicator of what it means is your performance status - do you have any shortness of breath or discomfort? ...Read more

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What does air trapping in the lungs mean?

What does air trapping in the lungs mean?

Obstruction: Air trapping means that air gets into the lungs and can't get out easily. This description applies to asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema- disease known as obstructive lung doseases. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I feel a gurgle in my lungs?

What does it mean when I feel a gurgle in my lungs?

Possibilities....: The sensation you are experiencing could be due to secretions in the airways that will eventually be coughed out of your lungs. Another possibility is that there is fluid in your lungs. If you develop shortness of breath or the symptoms get worse, see a doctor ASAP so you can be diagnosed and treated!!!! ...Read more

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What does mild dependent atelectacis of lungs mean?

Collapse of air sacs: Atelectasis is a a complete or partial collapse of an are of lung. It happens when the tiny air sacs (alveoli) within the lung become deflated. 'mild' means that the changes are slight/minimal. 'dependent' means that the less inflated areas are in regions of the lung where gravity is pulling the tissue down - often related to the patient being in one position for a long time. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means to have fluid in the lungs?

Pulmonary edema.: Pulmonary edema is a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs. Fluid collects in the tiny air sacs (alveoli), making it difficult to breathe. The causes of lung edema are often broken into heart conditions and non heart related. If the heart doesn't pump well, then fluid can back up / build up in the lungs. Some non-cardiac causes are: pneumonia, kidney disease, ; high altitude sickness. ...Read more

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What does underinflated lungs mean and I am sob all the time?

What does underinflated lungs mean and I am sob all the time?

Restrictive lung dis: Restrictive lung disease could be what you have. A pulmonary physician could help clarify this. ...Read more

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What is a vertical density in the retrocardic area on the lungs mean?

What is a vertical density in the retrocardic area on the lungs mean?

A "shadow": It refers to something which shouldn't ordinarily be there! A number of conditions could cause this finding which is "NON-SPECIFIC"...that is it needs more studies (for example a CT scan) to "name it"...By the way "vertical means "up and down"...The most common vertical shadow behind the heart (Retrocardiac) is the THYMUS gland. ..which has enlarged...Hope this helps!
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I have been diagnosed with mild hyperinflation of the lungs, what does this mean? Is it serious?

I have been diagnosed with mild hyperinflation of the lungs, what does this mean? Is it serious?

Hyperinflation: Hyperinflation of the lungs, or retention of air in the lungs, is not a diagnosis. It is a physical finding. People who have asthma, emphysema, COPD and a few other lung disorders retain air in the lungs.
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Have you had a chest X-ray? Have you had spirometry or pulmonary function testing yet? These tests may help decide how serious your lung disease is at this time. ...Read more

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Are crackles in your lungs always pneumonia?

No: Not always. Other lung pathology can result in "crackles" when your doctor listens to your lungs. ...Read more

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Blood in the lungs, what does this mean?

Blood in the lungs, what does this mean?

See below: It could mean a number of things. You could have vomited blood and aspirated it. You could have an endobronchial lesion that is bleeding. You may have an infection or a blood clot. Potentially related to a vasculitis. It warrants an evaluation, though. ...Read more

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What does having blood in your lungs mean?

What does having blood in your lungs mean?

See below: It could mean a number of things. You could have vomited blood and aspirated it. You could have an endobronchial lesion that is bleeding. You may have an infection or a blood clot. Potentially related to a vasculitis. It warrants an evaluation, though. ...Read more

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Does hyperinflated lungs mean large lungs?

Yes & No: Hyperinflated lungs are larger but that's not good. Rather than being elastic, the lungs are more rigid and stretched out which makes them less efficient and less able to clear out stale air and contaminants. This is often seen in COPD. So, it's not like they're really larger in that there's more surface area for gas exchange. ...Read more

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What does having blood on your lungs mean?

Not good: It means something is wrong. An infection, a chronic conditions has exacerbated or a significant inflammatory process is undergoing. By all means get a lung doctor soon. ...Read more

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What does chronic osseous in my lungs mean?

Inflammation: Chronic ossification is most likely due to some irritation to your lungs that caused some minor scarring. Dies not sound like an active problem needing more testing now. Make sure you repeat the test in 6 months to make sure this change is not an active process, eat healthy! ...Read more

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What does having "water on your lungs" mean?

What does having "water on your lungs" mean?

Fluid in/around lung: "water on your lungs" can mean an excess amount of fluid accumulating in the tissues of the lung themselves (pulmonary edema) or might also mean an accumulation of too much fluid in the spaces surrounding the lungs (pleural effusions). Excess fluid in / around the lungs can be caused by heart failure (pump not working well and fluid building up) or by imbalances in blood itself. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have blood in your lungs?

What does it mean to have blood in your lungs?

Nothing good: Blood can be present in many sections of the respiratory tract from numerous causes, and many of these suggest a potentially severe illness. There is also blood which may be present in the thin tissues which surround and protect the lungs. This too is not good. If this is your issue make sure you discuss this with your doctor at length. ...Read more

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What does it mean when both lungs are hyperated?

Over-inflation: If air gets in (inhaling) but cannot get out (exhaling) as well, the lungs can become over-inflated, like a balloon with extra air blown into it. When both lungs are affected the same way, it can be called "bilateral hyperinflation" or "hyperation". On a chest xray, the lungs look dark or black. This is a description, not a diagnosis or condition. Asthma, COPD and virus infections often cause it. ...Read more