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Viral infection can go anywhere in the respiratory system. What causes congestion?

virus cause inflammation of the mucosal layer


What is the definition of pneumonia?

inflammation of the lung parenchyma


What are the causes of pneumonia?

infectious agents
inhalation of chemicals
chest wall trauma


What are the two stages of pneumonia?

- CONSOLIDATION of the affected part
- EXUDATE with inflammatory cells and fibrin in the alveolar spaces


Most pneumonias are caused by bacteria, what is the most common bacterial cause in community acquired pneumonia?

Streptococcus pneumoniae


What are the clinical features of pneumonia?

- fever
pleuritic chest pain (pain on breathing)
purulent sputum (green)
chest x-ray or cough changes
increase WCC


Pneumonia can be split in to categories on where it affects. The main ones are lobar and multifocal (bronchopneumonia). What do each one affect?

- lobar just one lobe
- multifocal - multiple places


hospital acquired pneumonia is also known as nosocomial pneumonia. How long does a person have to be in hospital before it is classed as hospital acquired?

48-72 hours after admission

- normally gram negative and staph aureus
- most common cause of death in ICU


aspiration pneumonia develops after inhalation of foreign material. Who is this common in?

- elderly, stroke, dementia, anaesthetic
- the symptoms can often be silent


Where does aspirated pneumonia normally occur?

- usually right middle and right lower lobe


An obstructive disease is characterised by partial or complete obstruction at any level from trachea to respiratory bronchioles. What are examples of obstructive diseases?

- asthma
- broncectisis


In COPD emphysema what happens to the alveolar wall?

become bigger holes in them which reduces surface area
(large aplical bullae or blebs)


What are the symptoms of COPD emphysema ?

- dyspnoea (SOB)
- cough
- weight loss due to using accessary muscles to breathe)
-cor pulmonale (right sided heart failure)
- can develop congestive heart failure and pneumothorax


What should you be careful giving people with COPD if they are short of breath

oxygen! could stop respiratory drive


What is the definition of (in copd) chronic bronchitis?

- persistent cough with sputum production
- for at least 3 months in at least two consecutive years
- without any other identifiable cause


What are the 2 main causes of chronic bronchitis?

- smoking
- inhalation of dust, grain, cotton
- chronic irritation


what changes in the anatomy in chronic bronchitis?

- hypertrophy of submucousal glands in trachea and bronchi, increase in goblet cells
- narrowing of the bronchioles causing mucus plugging


Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. they have a recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and cough particularly at night and in the early morning. What are the hallmarks of asthma?

- increased airway responsiveness
- episodic bronchoconstriction,
- inflammation of bronchial walls
- increased mucus production


What are the clinical signs of asthma?

- chest tightness
- wheezing
- dyspnea (SOB)
- status asthmatics ( does not respond to treatments)
- increase in airflow obstruction (difficulty with exhalation)


What is bronchiectasis?

- permentant destruction and dilation of the airways
- associated with servere infections or obstructions
-leads to narrowing of the lumen
- can occur with COPD


What are the clinical signs for bronchiectasis?

- persistent cough
-Purulent sputum ++
- haemoptysis (coughing up blood )


Restrictive disease are characterised by inflammation and fibrosis of the pulmonary connective tissue. Where do restrictive disease tend to occur in the lung?

- interstitium of the alveolar walls
- this becomes a problem because this increases the alveolar space and therefore increase the distances from the blood vessels so resicrits gas exchange


What are the main causes of restrictive diseases?

- Sarcoidosis
- occupational / environmental (asbestosis exposure)


What is the morphology of restrictive lung disease?

- bilateral infultrative lesions
- on Xray shows small nodules, irregular lines, ground glass shawdows
- scarring and gross destruction of the lung
- end stage = honeycomb lung


What are the clinical features of restrictive lung disease?

- dyspnea (SOB)
-tachypnea (increased resp rate)
- eventually cyanosis
reduction in gas diffusing capacity, lung volume and compliance
- may lead to secondary pulmonary hypertension and right sided heart failure with car pulmonale
- increased risk of developing pneumonia


Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the main vascular disorder. What is

Blockage of a main or branch pulmonary artery by an embolus
- usual source of emboli are deep venous thrombi of the leg.
- respiratory compromise and haemodynamic compromise
- associated with people that are bed bound for a long time (why stockings and stuff are used)
- also associated with pregnancy, long operations and long flights


What are the clinical appearances of pulmonary embolism?

- abrupt onset pleuritic chest pain
- increased pulmonary vascular pulmonary vascular resistance - right ventricular failure


What is pulmonary oedema and its causes?

- Accumulation of fluid in the air spaces and parenchyma of the lungs
- increased venous pressure (eg. ventricular failure)
- haemodynamic (heart failure)
- secondary to kidney problems (eg. nephrotic syndrome )
- oedema due to alveolar injury/ infection


initially pulmonary oedema happens at the bottom of the lungs and then makes its way up. What are the clinical feature of pulmonary oedema?

-pink frothy sputum
- x-ray shows hasieness
- heavy wet lungs
- granular pink


What is a Pneumothorax? And what diseases is it associated with?

- air in the throric/ pleural cavity
- causes lungs to collapse
- it is reversible
its associated with emphysema, asthma, TB, trauma, idiopathic