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Concern on lung disease

[Posted: Mon 01/11/2004 www.irishhealth.com]

A serious lung disease which is the number one cause of respiratory death in Ireland after pneumonia is often underdiagnosed and mistreated, according to the National Medicines Information Centre.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition involving airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. After pneumonia, it is the number one cause of respiratory death in Ireland and smoking causes over 90 per cent of cases.

The NMIC says it is a condition which is underdiagnosed and commonly mistreated. It says the Global Burden of Disease Studies have predicted that by 2020 COPD will be the fifth commonest cause of disease morbidity and the third commonest cause of death worldwide, outpacing that of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.

The centre says the increasing disease burden is due to an increase in tobacco consumption in underdeveloped countries and an ageing population in developed countries.

In Ireland in 1999, COPD was the number two cause of respiratory death, accounting for 26% of the total respiratory-related mortality and accounting for 20 per cent of respiratory hospital in-patient bed days.

The NMIC says in its latest bulletin that given the prevalence of smoking among young adults, it seems unlikely that mortality from COPD will fall dramatically in the medium term, and therefore Ireland is likely to continue to have one of the highest mortality rates from the disease.

The centre says smoking cessation is the cornerstone of management of COPD. The current medications used in the management of the condition do not slow disease progression. Therefore, prevention of lung damage by implementation of effective strategies for smoking cessation and early diagnosis are current priorities, according to the NMIC.

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  Anonymous   Posted: 04/12/2004 17:53
i have been to a/e twice with copd and is there any study that gives a fairly accurate picture of lung detioration or is it possible to stabilize the situation through the use of steroids etc.
 
  caroline(CGW24574)  Posted: 17/02/2005 10:52
i have been diagnised with fungus in my lungs that is making my ashma out of control and causing serious atacks what can be done for me
 
  Anonymous   Posted: 17/02/2005 15:10
(1) IF admitted to hospital through A/E do not simply accept the hospital consultant as your doctor. (2) Find a consultant who's specialization is treating lung disease. (3) Point 2 above is important as i am aware there is no cure for lung disease ie emph/ copd etc therefore a person should attend a consultant who exclusively deals with lung disease ( if that is possible.)
 
  Anonymous   Posted: 17/02/2005 15:11
(1) IF admitted to hospital through A/E do not simply accept the hospital consultant as your doctor. (2) Find a consultant who's specialization is treating lung disease. (3) Point 2 above is important as i am aware there is no cure for lung disease ie emph/ copd etc therefore a person should attend a consultant who exclusively deals with lung disease ( if that is possible.)
 
  Anonymous   Posted: 13/03/2005 22:41
has anyone heard of apba it is a lung disease .i have ben diagnoised with and i am on steroids for the future if anyon has been told they have this i would be interested in hearing from them its a mold growing in the lung noone i no has ever heard of it
 
  carol(UCA20270)  Posted: 02/11/2006 19:41
hi, my brother in law has been admitted to hospital for tests for excessive thirst. all forms of diabetes have been ruled out. now, they are saying he has a shadow on his lung and he has to have a scan? does anyone know the connection between thirst and lung disease please?
 
  Cath  Posted: 29/08/2007 22:31
Carol I too suffer from chronic thirst and have had diabetes ruled out, I am asthmatic and just today following a scan and bronchoscopy have been diagnosed with an additional lung disease, was so shocked at the diagnosis that I cannot remember the name or rather names as it is one of two, I must wait two weeks for further information. Your brother in law should pursue the scan as soon as possible.
 
 
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