Can Shortness Due To Lung Disease Cause Death?
I have a 55-year-old relative who died allegedly due to a long-standing lung disease. 1 day before death can still be mild activity but no appetite for the previous 3 days, 12 hours before dying feeling short of breath. Previously 4 years ago last treated lung disease 6 months of treatment and had been injected, the doctor said the germ was immune. Is shortness of breath suffered before dying due to lung disease or could it be other unknown diseases?
Hello, Fauzan Awalin, thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.
Lung disease has many types, for example because there are infections (both viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites), inflammation, tumors / masses, allergies, and decreased function (for example due to smoking). Most lung diseases have symptoms such as shortness of breath and coughing, because the lungs are a means of exchanging oxygen gas and carbon dioxide in breathing. Thus, disturbances in the lungs can cause sufferers difficult to breathe / shortness of breath.
Even so, the cause of shortness of breath not only because of disease in the lungs. Extrapulmonary diseases can also cause shortness of breath, such as heart disease, airway obstruction (from the mouth, nose, throat), weakness of respiratory muscles, nervous disorders, metabolic disorders (for example due to body conditions being too "acidic" / acidosis) , a mixture of these conditions, to pain and anxiety can make a person short of breath.
Having a history of pulmonary disease that does not respond to medication can be one of the possibilities that can be considered for the cause of shortness of breath, but given shortness of breath can be caused by many possibilities, then more complete data is needed as well as adequate physical and supporting examinations. For this reason, the cause of death of your relative cannot be determined from the information you have provided, because for a definite cause of death, more complete information must be extracted and a number of direct examinations carried out.
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