"In medicine, a bleb is a large blister (usually approximately hemispherical) filled with serous fluid. Blebs can form in a number of tissues due to different pathologies, including frostbitten tissues, and as a cause of spontaneous pneumothorax. In the lungs, a bleb is a collection of air within the layers of the visceral pleura. In ophthalmology, blebs may be formed intentionally in the treatment of glaucoma."
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01/24/2010: Terri from Lincoln, Mt: "Hello,
My 28 yr. old daughter has been diagnosed with bleb disease having 2 collapsed lungs over a 2 year period. Surgery has been done to glue one lung, which has helped. Now the other lung has partially collapsed, so a chest tube was inserted and the lung is now healing. The doctor is baffled because my daughter doesn't fit any statistic as to cause of these blebs, with no vices past or present.
Question: are you familiar with bleb disease/bullous emphysema? And are there any alternative remedies to healing these blebs? The doctors only know chest tubes and surgery, but these blebs keep forming and the cause is baffling. What do you think about lung diseases resulting from Agent Orange/tordon exposure in Viet Nam correlating with the upsurge of lung diseases in U.S.A. possibly due to tordon/2-4-D (form of Agent Orange) and other deadly chemical exposure? These sprays commonly sprayed nation and worldwide to destroy herbs they now term "noxious weeds". Is there anyone studying this possibility to your knowledge?
Thank you for your time and consideration,
04/02/2010: Tracy from San Rafael, Ca, Us replies: "Hi Terri,
You may at this point have already identified your daughter's condition. If not, you may want to research the condition called Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). It's a mouthful! It's a fairly rare condition that affects women between puberty and menopause and presents as you have described. There are no known causes but is suspected to have a hormonal connection. You can google the above online or go to The LAM Foundation.org, a wonderful resource. I was diagnosed 7 years ago, experienced lung collapse as well and opted for the pleurodeses (lung "gluing"). There are no cures to date though I find lifestyle changes (nutrition, reducing stress, etc) can be very beneficial. More is being learned each day regarding this disease. There are a number of good Interstitial Lung Disease Clinics and pulmonologists that are familiar with LAM. Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions."