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Glossary for Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis

  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome: Severe respiratory failure
  • Anemia: Reduced ability of blood to carry oxygen from various possible causes.
  • Bleeding and coagulation conditions:
  • Breathing difficulties: Various types of breathing difficulty (dyspnea).
  • Chest conditions: Any condition affecting the chest
  • Clubbing: The proliferation of soft tissue around the ends of fingers and toes
  • Heart symptoms: Symptoms affecting the heart
  • Hemoptysis: A condition which is characterized by the coughing up of blood or blood stained sputum
  • Lung conditions: Various conditions affecting the lungs or related airways.
  • Paleness: Whitening or pallor of the skin
  • Pulmonary fibrosis: A scarring condition that affects the lungs
  • Pulmonary haemosiderosis, primary: A rare condition characterized by anemia, coughing up blood and iron deposits in the lungs. The disorder is the result of recurring bleeding in the lungs which leads to a buildup of iron in the lungs. Symptoms may develop slowly or quickly and may become evident at any age.
  • Pulmonary hypertension: Pulmonary hypertension refers to high blood pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood to the lungs. Blood pressure in other parts of the body is normal or sometimes even low. The condition may be caused by such things as lung conditions (e.g. emphysema, chronic bronchitis), heart conditions (e.g. congestive heart failure, birth defects involving heart), AIDS or medications such as fenfluramine (a diet drug). Sometimes it occurs for no apparent reason and is called primary pulmonary hypertension.
  • Respiratory system conditions: Conditions affecting the respiratory (breathing) systems, such as lungs and airways.


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