Lymphangioleiomyomatosis is a rare lung disease that affects the lungs of women of childbearing age. In people affected with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, the cells that line the airways of the lungs and blood vessels begin to multiply rapidly. Due to this rapid multiplication, these cells accumulate in areas where they do not belong. Symptoms are:
• Shortness of breath
• Cough, with blood sometimes
• Sudden collapsed lung
• Chest pain
HOW IS LYMPHANGIOLEIOMYOMATOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Generally, LAM is finally discovered after a long workup for shortness of breath. Tests frequently performed include:
• Chest X-ray:
• Pulmonary function tests
• Computed tomography (CT scan)
• Open lung biopsy
HOW IS LYMPHANGIOLEIOMYOMATOSIS TREATED?
Medication is used for treating Lymphangioleiomyomatosis. Use of inhaled bronchodilators is also used for clearing the airways and reducing shortness of breath. In some women hormonal treatment is said to have improved condition
DID YOU KNOW?
This rare lung disease mostly affects women of childbearing age.