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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).

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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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What does hardening of the lungs mean, and is there treatment for it?

What does hardening of the lungs mean, and is there treatment for it?

Hardening of the: LUNGS is a colloquial term to describe pulmonary fibrosis--thickening, stiffening and scarring of lung tissue. As lung tissue stiffens, the lungs can't properly move oxygen into your bloodstream. Currently there is no cure and no medicines proven to slow the progression though steroids and anti-immune therapies have been tried. Oxygen used. Some receive lung transplants. It is super serious.

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If my doctor saw I have hardening of the lungs does this mean I have cancer?

If my doctor saw I have hardening of the lungs does this mean I have cancer?

?: I am not sure what you mean by "hardening" of the lungs; my guess is that this is intersitial lung disease or inflammation in the lungs; please discuss with your doctor and see if u need to see a lung specialist.

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What is pulmonary fibrosis? And how is it described from an X-ray? I was told I have hardening of the lung does this mean I have it?

What is pulmonary fibrosis? And how is it described from an X-ray? I was told I have hardening of the lung does this mean I have it?

Loose Term: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term used for numerous interstitial lung diseases. Most often though, it is used for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf). X-ray will not be a good modality to evaluate ipf. A ct chest will be helpful.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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! Dr Z

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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. If you smoke, stop now. 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.

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What could mean that my lung has collapsed?

What could mean that my lung has collapsed?

Pneumothorax: Pneumothorax is an accumulation of air outside your lung but inside your chest. It is commonly described as a "collapsed lung" because the air in this space displaces your lung and prevents complete expansion of your lung.

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