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How is lymphangioleiomyomatosis diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is often hard to diagnose because it shares symptoms with several more common lung diseases, including asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. However, LAM can be diagnosed through a number of tests, including chest x-rays, which show clusters of cells or a collapsed lung; CT scans, which can better reveal cysts, a collapsed lung, or enlarged lymph nodes; and lung biopsies, where a tissue sample is taken from the lung and examined under a microscope. Other tests, such as lung function and blood tests, can help figure out if the body is receiving enough oxygen, but cannot be used to diagnose LAM specifically.

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