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What does hardening of the lungs mean ?

What does hardening of the lungs mean
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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

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 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