Lungs and Airways

Silicosis of the Lung – Acute, Accelerated and Chronic Types

What is silicosis? Silicosis is a type of lung disease that is caused by inhaling silica particles. These particles may be present as free or crystalline silicon dioxide. It is a slow progressive condition that occurs decades after exposure to silica and is seen in a number of occupations, including mining, sand blasting, >> Read More ...

Asbestosis (Asbestos Lung Disease) Cause and Symptoms

What is asbestosis? Asbestosis is an interstitial lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos particles. It is a type of pneumoconiosis, which are lung diseases that occur as a result of inhalation of mineral dusts, but it is not the only asbestos-related disease. Other diseases like asbestos-related pleural disease >> Read More ...

What is Pneumoconiosis? Types, Causes of Lung Dust Diseases

Pneumoconiosis is a type of lung disease that arises with inhaling mineral dusts usually in the workplace (occupational). More recently the term pneumoconiosis has been used to describe lung disease associated with organic and inorganic dusts as well as chemical vapors which often result in hypersensitivity pneumonitis; >> Read More ...

Chest Pain With Deep Breathing and Coughing

Chest pain with deep breathing and often when coughing may be due to a host of causes related to the thoracic cavity, upper abdomen and even the neck. It is often thought that the pain is only emanating from the lungs but strictly speaking, the lungs do not feel pain as its nerve supply is mainly >> Read More ...

Pleuritis (Pleurisy) Causes, Symptoms and Pleuritic Lung Pain

What is Pleuritis or Pleurisy? Pleuritis is the term for inflammation of the pleura, the double layered lining around the lungs. Although the term pleuritis and pleurisy is used synonymously, pleurisy actually refers to any pain from the pleura (pleuritic pain). The outer pleural layer is known as the parietal pleura and >> Read More ...

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Causes, Types

What is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a progressive, often irreversible condition of the distal airways (bronchi and bronchioles) and lung tissue. The two main conditions that make up COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema and since most patients have both conditions concurrently, COPD is a more >> Read More ...

Lung Diseases (Smoking and Non-Smoking Types and Symptoms)

What is lung disease? The term lung disease is a broad term that encompasses various pathologies that involve the lungs and related structures. Other organs and systems may also be involved, but the lung disease is often the primary disorder.  At times the problem may lie in the airways or blood vessels of the lung >> Read More ...
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