Though the Lymphangioleiomyomatosis is actually a disease of the lung, it is known to affect the fertility age and the child-bearing age of women. It is a rarely occurring form of disease that is referred to as LAM. Common symptoms here include wheezing cough, which is accompanied with blood. In some cases, it means acute stomach pain and also collapsing functions of the lung.
HOW IS LYMPHANGIOLEIOMYOMATOSIS DIAGNOSED?
Chest x-ray, tests to measure lung capacity such as the pulmonary function test and a CT scan would show a general physician the cysts and other abnormalities in the lungs. A lung biopsy would help in confirming the diagnosis.
HOW IS LYMPHANGIOLEIOMYOMATOSIS TREATED?
The most widely prescribed drug to patients with this disease is sirolimus which helps them to breathe more easily. Bronchodilators would also help patients experiencing shortness of breath.
DID YOU KNOW?
Oestrogen seems to be involved, because women rarely develop LAM before puberty or after menopause. Fewer than 10 men are known to have ever developed LAM lung disease.