Hole in Lung?

Answer

Holes can form in the lungs for a variety of reasons, and are considered a very serious medical problem that requires immediate medical intervention. Common causes of holes in the lungs include:

  1. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that results in the medical condition known as tuberculosis, destroys the soft tissues that make up the lungs resulting in tears and punctures. A common diagnostic measure for tuberculosis involves taking X-rays of the patient's lungs to see if any holes or tears are visible. Tuberculosis is treated with oral antibiotics.

  2. Chronic smoking or exposure to smoke is also a common cause of holes in the lungs. Recent studies have learned that exposure to smoke from fires can damage lungs and lead to emphysema, similar to chronic cigarette smoking.

  3. The accidental inhalation of a fungus called coccidioides can also lead to holes in the lungs. As the fungus continues to grow in the lungs, it creates small holes and tears. Also known as 'Valley fever', this is particularly dangerous as it can be misdiagnosed as a cold or flu, since the symptoms of both are very similar.

  4. External injuries can also cause trauma to the lung, resulting in holes. A severe blow to the head or chest, the use of a ventilator, pulmonary aspiration, or puncture wounds can all damage the lungs.
Q&A Related to "Hole in Lung"
Smoking can create holes in the lungs. smoking image by Andrii IURLOV from Fotolia.com. There are many reasons why a person's lungs would be riddled with holes. Unfortunately, finding
http://www.ehow.com/list_6388498_causes-holes-lung...
It is hard (and potentially dangerous) to provide medical advice on a website, without knowing your mother's history and examining the wound - or better yet, following it over a period
http://www.quora.com/What-can-be-done-to-speed-up-...
Some symptoms of a hole in your lung are: Sharp, stabbing chest pain
http://www.chacha.com/question/what-are-the-sympto...
LET ME TRY TO GIVE YOU A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LUNGS. Air is breathed in through the nose & mouth. The air travels down through the trachea then through large & small
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200805...
Explore this Topic
Some of the diseases that can cause holes in lungs are: tuberculosis, valley fever and bronchopleural fistula. In addition, excessive smoking can also create holes ...
Holes in the lungs, in rare cases, could be obtained with no obvious reason at all. However, one may have punctured lungs through gunshots an other human invaders ...
There are various conditions that would cause a person's lungs to have holes. The main causes include long term exposure to smoke, tuberculosis and valley fever. ...
About -  Privacy -  AskEraser  -  Careers -  Ask Blog -  Mobile -  Help -  Feedback © 2014 Ask.com