What is the shrinking lung syndrome in lupus?What is the shrinking lung syndrome in lupus?

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Dr. Frederick Wolfe says:

A rare feature of lupus, that sounds worse than it is, is called the "shrinking lung syndrome. The symptoms are shortness of breath, and often some chest pain when breathing deeply. X-rays and CAT scans show small, clear lungs.

Breathing ( pulmonary function) tests demonstrate stiff lungs. Sometimes the diaphragm, the big muscle beneath the lungs, is elevated, reducing lung size.

Lack of good chest expansion and poor motion of the diaphragm are two possible reasons for the decreased lung function.

Generally the prognosis is good, though increased lupus treatment with steroids and immune suppressing medication may be needed.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 17:13


06/16/2012 - 14:26

the shrinking lung syndrome occur only in 10 percent in addition to pneumonitis

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12/10/2013 - 02:14

I have this condition and I have so much trouble breathing , I developed this from [SLE]lupus ... Right now I have bronchitis in my upper right lung which is tha worse one , I can't even walk from my bedroom to tha kitchen ....

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07/01/2014 - 06:36

Shrinking lung syndrome is the worst case of SLE. I think the main problem is that most people fail to discover it in primary level and as you know, if the treatment is delayed, it can cause serious after effects. oily skin treatment

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07/03/2014 - 04:28

Merci pour ce merveilleux explication commune à nous. nous avons beaucoup appris de cette situation.
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