Flashcards in Respiratory Diseases Deck (42):
What 3 types of Airway diseases?
Summarise Obstructive diseases:
- Characterised by reduced airway diameter
- Have increased airway resistance
- Examples: Asthma, COPD, Bronchiectasis
Summarise Restrictive diseases:
- Reduced lung compliance
- Decreased lung volume
What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
Progressive airflow obstruction, It not only affects the airways but the lung parenchyma and pulmonary vasculature
What are the 2 sub-types of COPD:
What is Emphysema?
- Abnormal and permanent enlargement of airspaces distal to the terminal bronchioles
- It is destruction of the airways without fibrosis
- Respiratory bronchioles
- Alveolar Ducts
- Alveolar Sacs
What are the 2 patterns of Emphysema:
Describe Centriacinar Emphysema:
- Primarily Upper lobes affected
- Loss of respiratory bronchioles in the proximal acinus - spares the alveoli
- Typical in smokers
Describe Panacinar Emphysema:
- Affects all lobes
- Loss of all parts of acinus
- Typical for α-1 antitrypsin deficiency
Describe the pathogenesis of COPD:
1. Exposure to tobacco or noxious substance
2. Airway epithelial cells and macrophages release cytokines to attract inflammatory cells
3. CD8 T-cells, Mast cells and Neutrophils begin to attack airway tissue via proteolytic enzymes and activates fibroblasts that cause scarring
4. Antiprotease α-1 antitrypsin is supposed to inhibit proteolytic enzyme activity but smoking can decrease its effect
5. Mucus secretion increases and airways narrow (due to scarring)
COPD leads to chronic ________ due to the destruction of the __________ and loss of the ___________.
COPD causes thickening of the ___________ which increases _________ and decreases ________. This leads to ___________________.
Increases resistance and decreases blood flow
What is asthma?
Airway hyper-responsiveness to certain triggers which causes inflammation of the conducting regions
What are the 2 types of asthma?
Inflammation in asthma is ______ and mediated by _________ and ________
What is Intrinsic Asthma?
Asthma is non-immune mediated
Usually to do with viral infection, Aspirin and stress
What is Extrinsic Asthma?
- Asthma caused by a Type 1 hypersensitivity immune response
- It is associated with atopy (e.g. hayfever is associated with eczema
- Triggered by allergens
Describe the pathogenesis of Asthma:
1. Th2 helper cell overexpression stimulates plasma cells to synthesise and secrete IgE antibodies to allergens
2. IgE binds to high affinity receptors on mast cells and basophils
3. These cells release cytokines and histamine which causes bronchoconstriction
4. Re-exposure to allergen leads to early and late phase reactions
What are the symptoms of Asthma?
Shortness of breath
Triggered by environmental allergens
Diurnal variation in symptoms
Relapsing and remitting course
What is Bronchiectasis?
A disease characterised by chronically dilated airways that are filled with mucous
What are the clinical features of Bronchiectasis?
- Chronic Cough
- Increased sputum volume
- Recurrent worsening respiratory symptoms
- Bronchial wall thickening and airway dilation seen on x-ray and CT
Explain the pathophysiology of Bronchiectasis:
1. Airway infection
2. Airway Inflammation occurs
3. Airway damage = Bronchiectasis
4. Impaired mucocillary clearance, airflow is obstructed and we get an impaired immune response
5. Rinse and Repeat
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
An autosomal recessive disorder caused by Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Regulator (CFTR) gene mutations that cause an increase in mucous production and secretion
For people with CF, ____________ is the most common causes of morbidity and mortality
CFTR gene mutations cause a defect in _________, this causes an __________ in production of ______ mucous.
What is a clinical test for Cystic Fibrosis?
A sweat test
Patients with CF will have a high NaCl content in their sweat
How do we manage CF?
- Relieve airway obstruction
- Mx airway inflammation
- Manage Nutrietion
- Correct Cl- channel defect
What is restrictive lung disease?
Lung disease characterised by reduced compliance of the lungs and smaller lung volumes
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a pathological process that affects the _________ but often extends to involve the _________ and _________ structure.
What are the primary diseases causing ILD?
Sarcoidosis - granulomatous inflammation
Vasculitis - Systemic lupus erythematosis
Exposure to dust, fumes, vapours and aerosols
What is pneumonia?
Infection of the pulmonary parenchyma
What are the 3 classes of pneumonia?
Community-acquired = got it from the community
Healthcare-acquired = got it whilst hospitalised
Healthcare-associated = been in contact with healthcare
Development of pneumonia depends on:
The hosts immune system
What is pulmonary arterial hypertension (PHTN)?
Elevated pulmonary blood pressure, often leads to right heart failure.
Pressures greater than 25mmHg at rest
What is Cor Pulmonale?
Right ventricular failure due to increased blood pressure in the pulmonary circulation due to chronic lung disease
What causes pulmonary arterial hypertension (PHTN)?
Proliferative vasculopathy: intimal layer hyperplasia, medial layer hypertrophy and obliteration of the vascular lumen
What are the symptoms of PHTN?
Exertional chest pain and syncope
Anoerexia due to liver congestion
What is Pneumothorax?
Air in the pleural space
What is Haemothorax?
Blood in the pleural space
What is Pleural effusion?
Fluid in the pleural space