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Category: Respiratory Disease

Insight into diseases of the respiratory system.

Types and causes of restrictive lung disease

The causes of restrictive lung disease are numerous but there are only two types.  The causes relate to the diseases associated with it.  The types have to do with the mechanisms that produce it.  They are intrinsic and extrinsic factors. What is restrictive lung disease?     Restrictive lung disease (RLD) is not a single or […]

Pulmonary embolism symptoms and signs

Pulmonary embolism symptoms and signs can vary from none to sudden death.  The determinants are the size and number of emboli as well as the state of cardiopulmonary function of the victim prior to the event.    Some of the symptoms and signs of pulmonary embolism depend upon whether or not the event is massive […]

Pulmonary Hypertension Pathophysiology and Classification

Knowledge of pulmonary hypertension pathophysiology and the different types of the disease based on it provides greater insight into the disease than a mere definition of it.  It provides a more complete answer to the question – what is pulmonary hypertension? What is pulmonary hypertension?   Pulmonary hypertension is higher than normal pressure within the […]

What is COPD? – The inside scoop

The most meaningful answer to the question – what is COPD – is not a mere definition.  It includes the meaning of the acronym; a description of the pathology; data pertaining to prognosis and mortality; the different types and stages of the disease; its signs and symptoms; what causes it; stages of the disease; the […]

OSA-COPD overlap syndrome and its implications

OSA-COPD overlap syndrome is a state in which a person has both obstructive sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is probably not a new illness. But the recognition of it as a common entity has been recent. It has important implications for both patients that have it and doctors that treat it. The […]

The COPD Definition and Pathophysiology of COPD

The COPD definition that is most meaningful is one that explains what it is and which discusses the COPD pathophysiology. COPD Definition COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Another term for it is COLD which stands for chronic obstructive lung disease. The pathophysiology of COPD is the processes within the body related to the […]

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