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  • By dbrhseny

    I recently had a lung scan to test for cancer which was negative, however, I saw the words bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease. What does that mean?

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi Dbrhseny and thanks for your post. That is very good news to hear that you do NOT have lung cancer based on what you’ve said. As much as I’d like to assist you, it’s difficult to determine if ‘you seeing the words bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease’, is part of your work up during the lung scan. Typically, bronchiolitis is a diagnosis for the pediatric population.
    I would strongly urge you to take up the results of your lung scan with the physician who prescribed the diagnostic study.
    Please do check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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  • By karen123

    Hello
    I’ve joined this group because my mum 59 has stage 4
    Copd which is very frightening for her and our family
    She is on 2 litre of oxygen because her breathing has got worse
    But its making her carbon go up to dangerous levels
    ( 9.1 ) she is in her nippy for 17 hours a day but she is very confused & disoriented because of this

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi Karen123 and welcome to our website.
    I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s COPD and stage 4 diagnosis. It is certainly understandable that she and your family are apprehensive and frightened about this.
    It may be helpful to you to start to learn as much as you can about COPD. I thought you might want to start out with some of the basics of COPD. This article explains that quite well and is a good place to begin: https://copd.net/basics/

    Sadly, we cannot provide medical advice over the internet (for your own safety), but your inquiry still warrants a comment.

    I can’t be sure (until you confirm) but it sounds like you’re providing her carbon dioxide level (9.1) in kPa (kilopascal). If that is so, the 9.1 kPa level is the approximate equivalent of about 68 mmHg, which are the units of measure more commonly used in the United States. If this is so, and your Mom is confused and disoriented, it would be prudent to have her evaluated by the doctor who prescribed the oxygen. There may be something else going on which the doctor would want to be aware of in order to treat her more accurately.

    You are always welcome to use our website as often and for as long as you like. You also may find it beneficial to look over at our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/COPDDotNet/ There you will be able to interact with our many community members as well as moderators in a very lively, very active community.

    Please check back with us and let us know how your mother (and you!) are doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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