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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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Restrictive lung dis: Restrictive lung disease could be what you have. A pulmonary physician could help clarify this. ...Read more
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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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
I had. A abnormal cxray it states that their is a vertical density in the retrocardic area of the lungs I don't know what it means?
Best to ask: Your doctor Who knows your symptoms and exams. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Asthma/copd/bronchitis may all cause wheezing. A simple thing as mucus can cause this as well. Also cardiac disease may cause lung problems and mimic asthma. Need to be evaluated by your md if symptoms are there.
Basic def: turbulent airflow in the airway will cause a wheezy. Need to detemine cause of this. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Wording issue: I would guess you are talking about x-rays, because interpretation is made by interpreting various shadows. The term you? Is very non specific. There are normal organs like the thymus, that can produce an oddly dense feature that overlays the heart and lungs & might be interpreted this way. Other "shadows" are est explained by the people with the x-rays in hand to look at. ...Read more
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