Bronchial casts are often large, thick, tenacious mucus "molds or impressions" of the inner lining of the bronchial tubes of our lungs. They can occur as a result of allergic inflammation, infection, or excessive reactivity to the presence of a foreign body or chemicals. They can be "expectorated" or coughed up by the patient but if they remain in the bronchial tubes they cause chest pain, shortness of breath and hypoxemia (low blood oxygen levels).
- Q What are the symptoms of obstructive lung disease?
- Q Who is most at risk for obstructive lung disease?
- Q What is obstructive lung disease?
- Q Does obstructive lung disease affect women differently from men?
- Q What is the rate of incidence for obstructive lung disease?
- Q When does obstructive lung disease begin to develop?