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What is the exact meaning of apical fibrosis? What need to do with it? Is there any restricted activities? Thank you

What is the exact meaning of apical fibrosis? What need to do with it? Is there any restricted activities? Thank you

Fibrosis: Is scarring of the lung, the lung apex (apical) is the upper part of the lung. Symptoms, if any, depend on the severity. Scarred lung is nonfunctional, so the more scarring, the less total lung function. A small amount will have no impact. Fibrosis is irreversible and there are a multitude of potential causes. The only treatment would be for any active process that is causing the fibrosis. ...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 is apical fibrosis?

What is apical fibrosis?

Scarred lung apices: Causes include:

- Sarcoidosis
- eosinophilic pneumonia
- tuberculosis
- cystic fibrosis
- ankylosing spondylitis
- radiation pneumonitis
- pneumoconiosis


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After having rt sided chest pain, a cxr was normal but CT scan showed rul apical infiltrate or fibrosis. Do u have any guess as to what this means?

After having rt sided chest pain, a cxr was normal but CT scan showed rul apical infiltrate or fibrosis. Do u have any guess as to what this means?

Depends: Doctors usually do not interpret ct's by themselves. We use all of the clinical information available to us to decide what a finding like the one you describe might mean. Depending on the clinical situation, a 5 CM opacity may be something quite benign to other more serious problems. A conversation with your doctor may help to enlighten you on what this is, and how best to pursue it. ...Read more

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My son had acut infection and cystic leison and fibrosis in the lower love of right lung. What can I do?

My son had acut infection and cystic leison and fibrosis in the lower love of right lung. What can I do?

Pulmonary infection: You can talk to the doctor who made the diagnoses and find out what is going on. The info you have provided is a little confusing. Does your son have cystic fibrosis? Or did he develop a pneumonia at the right lung base? You really need to communicate with his doctor. Good luck and hope your son is better soon. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of apical lung fibrotic and reticular TB focus noted on my right lung?

What is the meaning of apical lung fibrotic and reticular TB focus noted on my right lung?

Clinical correlation: I presume you've had TB? The x-ray (which is only an x-ray) suggests that you have a scar in the top of your RIGHT lung (which is a common place for TB to hide) and the radiologist is concerned that you may have an area of active TB as well. Is that true? If you're not sure, you should get in touch with doctors who have treated you in the past - you may need further testing and treatment. ...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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Does chest pain mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Does chest pain mean I could have pulmonary fibrosis?

Probably not...: Cheat pain is not a typical symptom of pulmonary fibrosis. See your doctor to evaluate any chest pain so that it can be treated and so cardiac etiologies can be ruled out. ...Read more

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What are the best exercise gor the lungs, how can fibrosis be removed in the lungs?

What are the best exercise gor the lungs, how can fibrosis be removed in the lungs?

Aerobic, arm/depends: There are 2 separate questions here, both great! Exercise is recommended for lung patients, with an emphasis on aerobic conditioning but also upper body weight training--which helps when short of breath. For fibrosis, chances of "removal" or cure depends on the cause. If no cause is known, less chance for resolution. See a pulmonologist (lung specialist) for evaluation. ...Read more

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Chest and back pains. Possibly my lungs. COULD it be pneumonia? CGD? OR fibrosis?

Not likely: Most common causes of chest and back pains are musculoskeletal in origin. More severe conditions like pneumonia, CGD, and fibrosis would likely present with additional signs/symptoms. Focus on common causes first before worrying about rare conditions. See your PCP to discuss your concerns and get a more detailed physical exam. ...Read more

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What to do if I know that it affects the lungs, but what is cystic fibrosis exactly?

What to do if I know that it affects the lungs, but what is cystic fibrosis exactly?

Sodium channel: Cystic fibrosis or CF is a genetic disorder that affects a sodium channel (salt) in the lining of the airways, sinuses and other organs. With this abnormality salt and water leave the lumen (center) of the airways resulting in thickening of secretions and airways congestion/pneumonia and poor function. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to thicken?

Yes: Pulmonary fibrosis causes the inner latticework of the lungs to thicken. Given that this latticework supports oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange, and that exchange is dependent on the thinness of the transport membrane, pulmonary fibrosis makes the lungs work less efficiently, leading to shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

Do my lungs feel heavy because of pulmonary fibrosis?

Not necessarily: Feeling heavy can be a result of any of multiple conditions. It warrants further attention to the cardiopulmonary system, but pulmonary fibrosis is not necessarily the answer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lung nodule and lung fibrosis?

What is the difference between lung nodule and lung fibrosis?

Differentterminology: Nodule is growth which could be benign or malignant. Fibrosis is hardening of lung tissue. ...Read more

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What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

What is best to treat of interstitial lung disease & fibrosis?

Depends: The etiology if fumes or toxins avoidance. If secondary to collagen vascular disease or others then treat primary condition. In these cass steroids & cytotoxic drugs help or controls the condition
but if idiopsthic fibrosis occurs then at present no fda approved drug exists.

A study drug is currently been in the works & ifd a natural substance then use nac & a high anti oxidant diet. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between interstitial lung disease and fibrosis?

Lung disease: Both these terms can be used interchangeably indicating fibrotic lung disease ...Read more

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Is it possible to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient if you are a smoker?

Is it possible to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient if you are a smoker?

Depends: If you are a heavy smoker with significant emphysema you may have reduced your pulmonary reserve to the point that you would have a tough time getting by on one lung, ditto the recipient. You would need to have a full pulmonary function evaluation to find out. ...Read more

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Would it be possible for someone to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient when you are a smoker?

Depends: If your pulmonary function tests show both lungs to have adequate capacity and no significant emphysema then it could be possible. Bear in mind that you both have to be able to live relatively normal lives on the single remaining lung. Both you and the recipient should avoid being in the same room with a cigarette! ...Read more

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I have cystic fibrosis but I'm wondering about trying a joint (weed) once. Will it effect my lungs/health?

I have cystic fibrosis but I'm wondering about trying a joint (weed) once. Will it effect my lungs/health?

Not a good idea: Depending on your specific disease situation smoking a joint once may or may not affect your lungs. Having CF often leads to lung inflammation and lung damage to start with. The last thing you want to do is exacerbate those by smoking (cigarettes or marijuana). ...Read more

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Hi I suffer with cystic fibrosis and I also have MRSA in the lungs and I was wondering if it is possible that I can get tattoos..

Hi I suffer with cystic fibrosis and I also have MRSA in the lungs and I was wondering if it is possible that I can get tattoos..

Be cautious: Speak with your pulmonologist who is most familiar with your current status for clearance, but Pseudomonas colonization in the lungs should not usually prevent you from having procedures performed on your skin. You have listed MRSA as one of your conditions, which may put you at much higher risk for severe skin infection from a tattoo. ...Read more

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I have pulmonary fibrosis, cause as yet undetermined (never smoked). Please comment on the safety of putting nebulized DMSO into the lungs.

I have pulmonary fibrosis, cause as yet undetermined (never smoked). Please comment on the safety of putting nebulized DMSO into the lungs.

Not safe: I would advise you not to put any such chemical into your lungs. I do not know of any good medical/scientifically valid data that supports such a use for dmso. You could actually make matters worse by putting any foreign body/chemicals into your lung. So play it safe. ...Read more

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I was born with cystic fibrosis. I'm now 35 and my lung function has gradually worsened the last years. I know that survival age is about 40 and I'm at peace with that. However, I still wonder: are there any recent findings about cystic fibrosis?

I was born with cystic fibrosis. I'm now 35 and my lung function has gradually worsened the last years. I know that survival age is about 40 and I'm at peace with that. However, I still wonder: are there any recent findings about cystic fibrosis?

Mgt: I would advise following your lung function closely with your pulmonary specialist, optimizing your nutrition, and treating any exacerbations with antibiotics and chest physiotherapy. The use of DNAase has been shown to be effective. Some patients may benefit from treatments specifically targeted to their genotype. The CF foundation is another good resource for patients. Stay well. ...Read more

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Is black lung the same thing as pulmonary fibrosis?

Is black lung the same thing as pulmonary fibrosis?

No: Black lung disease also known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis is one the causes of pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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Is intersitial lung disease the same thing as pulmonary fibrosis?

Is intersitial lung disease the same thing as pulmonary fibrosis?

Confusion: Interstitial lung disease (ild) causes lung damage which is referred to as pulmonary fibrosis. There is a form of ild that is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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What is the harmful effect of residual fibrosis on the lungs?

Depends: Thant depends on the extenst of the fibrosis. If it is isolated and does not involve much of the lung, then the effects are probably clinically insignificant. But if the fibrosis is extensive then pulmonary function will be compromised. Only a pulmonologist can tell you for sure after evaluating you and the radiographic studies. ...Read more

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What is left basal lung discoid fibrosis?

Benign: This is "radiology talk" describing linear areas of lung with some scarring. Very common and nothing to worry about. In truth, someone your age likely has discoid atelectasis rather than fibrosis. Atelectasis just means the lung is not inflated as much as usual and this can be seen when a patient hasn't taken a deep breath for the xray or after epidsodes of pneumonia. ...Read more

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Does mild lung fibrosis get worse gradually?

Does mild lung fibrosis get worse gradually?

Usually: Usually the fibrosis gets worse (unless it was from a scar due to a previous infection) but it would also be dependent on the cause for the fibrosis. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How can you remove or clear the lung with fibrosis or healed lesions?

Likely to persist: Lung fibrosis and/or healed lesions are generally permanent scars that do not go away with any treatments. Depending on the size or extent of involvement of lung tissue, their impact on lung function can vary. Since you have not provided any details about the underlying cause for the lesions & whether its a progressive lung condition or not, it will be difficult to provide a specific answer. ...Read more

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What are the effects of pulmonary fibrosis on the lungs?

Lung Stiffness: Fibrosis or "scaring" of the lungs causes the lungs to be very stiff. Thus, it becomes difficult for the patient to be able to take deep breaths. Over time, the fibrosis continues to advance causing the patient more dyspnea and need for oxygen. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get a cystic fibrosis lung function test?

Where can I go to get a cystic fibrosis lung function test?

See pulmonologist: Consult physician who is pulmonologist, physician specializing in lung diseases, for examination and advice. Xray examination of chest may be part of workup. Blood and sweat tests are also utilized. ...Read more

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Can cystic fibrosis affect the pancreas more than the lungs?

Can cystic fibrosis affect the pancreas more than the lungs?

Yes: The disease can manife st itself in various different ways. ...Read more

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I have servercopd with fibrosis and alower left lung mass is this not good?

I have servercopd with fibrosis and alower left lung mass is this not good?

See an expert: If you have copd, and fibrosis and a lung mass, you have three very serious, and separate problems. "mass" implies something over 3 cm in size and is likely to be lung cancer, or at least should be evaluated until proven otherwise. COPD and fibrosis are both risk factors for lung cancer, and make treatment much more complicated as well. Find a local expert. ...Read more

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I had T.B which caused pulmonary fibrosis in my upper left lungs. Will it have future implications?

I had T.B which caused pulmonary fibrosis in my upper left lungs. Will it have future implications?

Depends: That depends on the severity of the scarring and the severity depends on how long the TB was present before it was treated. Ask your doctor how bad it is and ask for pulmonary function testing if more than mild. ...Read more

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My friend was suffering from TB and after he treated from it they told him that he have fibrosis in the apex of his lung. Why does that happenes?

My friend was suffering from TB and after he treated from it they told him that he have fibrosis in the apex of his lung. Why does that happenes?

Scar: Fibrosis is another name for scar. Whenever you have a cut on the skin, depending on how deep it is, it either completely heals or it will leave a scar. Same thing happens in the lungs too whenever there is an injury such as tb. ...Read more

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Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to scar up?

Does pulmonary fibrosis cause my lungs to scar up?

Yes...: Pulmonary fibrosis does cause lung scarring. This can be minimized with treatment including treatment aimed at the underlying cause, if possible. ...Read more

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If you have pulmonary fibrosis, will your lung ever heal?

If you have pulmonary fibrosis, will your lung ever heal?

No: Pulmonary fibrosis is not a reversible or curable disease at this time. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary fibrosis spread from one lung to a health lung?

Both are affected: Normally, in pulmonary fibrosis both lungs are affected at the tissue level. The x-ray can show one lung more affected than the other. Confusion can occur when a doctor calls an old scar pulmonary fibrosis. In these cases, there should be no further progression of the scarring. ...Read more