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condition of the lungs characterized by widespread narrowing of the bronchioles and formation of mucous plugs producing symptoms wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing; caused by the local release of factors during an allergic response
absence of gas in the lungs due to a failure of alveolar expansion; also called collapsed lung
dilation of the bronchi, which may result when chronic inflammation destroys the smooth muscle in the bronchial walls
inflammation of the bronchi; the acute form is often due to viral or bacterial infection, while the chronic form is often due to air pollution or smoking and is part of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
a group of disorders (emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and bronchospasm) associated with the obstruction of the bronchial airflow; usually a result of inhaling tobacco for many years
coccidioidomycosis or valley fever
fungal infection of the upper respiratory tract and lungs that often spreads to other organs; caused by inhaling dust that contains spores of Coccidiodes immunitis
disease of infants and young children; caused by acute obstruction of the larynx and characterized by a hoarse cough
cystic fibrosis (CF)
hereditary disease characterized by excess mucus production in the respiratory tract and elsewhere
the nasal septum that devides the two nasal cavities is not median, creating one cavity that is larger that the other
diaphragmatocele (diaphragmatic hernia)
protrusion of the stomach and/or intestine through the diaphragm; can interfere with breathing
chronic lung disease characterized by enlarged alveoli and damaged respiratory membrane; symptoms include apnea, a barrel chest due to labored breathing, and gradual deterioration due to chronic hypoxemia
inflammation of the epiglottis; often results from bacterial infection and may lead to airway obstruction, especially among children
chronic inflammation of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi; the acute form is called croup
obstructive sleep apnea or OSA
collapse of the pharynx during sleep; results in airway obstruction and absence of breathing
pertussis or whooping cough
acute infectious disease characterized by inflammation of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi; produces spasmodic coughing. Noise is caused when the larynx spasms
escape of fluid into the pleural cavity during inflammation; results in compression of the underlying part of the affected lung
pneumatocele or pneumocele
hernia of the lung, in which the lung protrudes through an opening in the chest
inflammation of the lungs caused by the chronic inhalation of fine particles; leads to the formation of a fibrotic tissue around the alveoli that reduces their ability to stretch within incoming air; includes asbestosis and silicosis caused by fine silicon-dust inhalation
pneumoncystis carinii pneumonia or PCP
pneumonia caused by fungus P. carinii; a common opportunistic disease in patients with AIDS
inflammation of soft lung tissue (excluding the bronchi) in which the alveoli become filled with fluids; caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infection
presence of air or gas in the pleural cavity due to a perforation, causing the lung to collapse
pulmonary tuberculosis (TB)
infection of the lungs by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis which includes tubercle formation, inflammation and necrotic lesions
respiratory distress syndrome or ARDS
respiratory failure characterized by atelectasis; this condition occurs in two forms:
= neonatal respiratory distress syndrome- caused by insufficient surfactant (it enables alveoli to be reopened after respiration)
=adult or acute respiratory distress syndrome- that affects adults and ise caused by severe lung infections or injury
severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
a severe, rapid-onset viral infection resulting in respiratory distress that includes lung inflammation, alveolar damage, and atelectasis
inflammation of a tonsil, usually a palatine tonsil; an adenoid is a pharyngeal tonsil that is subject to inflammation
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