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Prognosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

Prognosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis: Poor. Commonly death within 10 years. ...see also Overview of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

Complications:

Complications of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis may include:

Complications of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis from the Diseases Database include:


Source: Diseases Database

See also complications of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis.

Prognosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Discussion

NHLBI, Facts About Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): NHLBI (Excerpt)

LAM is generally progressive, leading to increasingly impaired lung function. The rate of development can vary considerably among patients. As the disease advances, there is more extensive growth of muscle cells throughout the lung and repeated leakage of fluid into the chest cavity (pleural effusions). As an increasing number of cysts are formed, the lung takes on a honeycomb appearance.

The survival time following the diagnosis of LAM is uncertain. It has been reported to be less than 10 years, but new reports show patients living more than 20 years after diagnosis. The reason for the apparently increased survival time is unknown. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Facts About Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): NHLBI)

NHLBI, Facts About Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): NHLBI (Excerpt)

In the early stages of the disease, most patients can go about their daily activities, including attending school, going to work, and performing common physical activities, such as walking up a hill. In more advanced stages, the patient may have very limited ability to move around and may require oxygen full-time.

Patients with LAM should follow the same healthy lifestyle recommended for the general population, including eating a healthy diet, getting as much exercise as they can, as well as plenty of rest, and, of course, not smoking. Traveling to remote areas where medical attention is not readily available or to high altitudes where the blebs can expand and rupture should be considered carefully before undertaken.

In patients with normal lung function, there is probably no increased risk associated with pregnancy. However, in patients with compromised lung function, pregnancy is not advised.

There do not appear to be complications associated with oral contraceptives, but this issue should be discussed with the patient's pulmonologist and gynecologist. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Facts About Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): NHLBI)

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis: Research More

About prognosis:

The 'prognosis' of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis usually refers to the likely outcome of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis. The prognosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis may include the duration of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, chances of complications of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

 

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