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Monday, September 20, 2010 angmar001@gmail.com, Community Member, asks

Q: can acid reflux cause damage to your lungs?

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Stephanie, Health Guide
9/22/10 6:42pm

Reflux is known to worsen the symptoms of emphysema and asthma. Many people treated for asthma are able to get off asthma meds once on reflux meds. It is also possible to reflux into your lungs which can increase your risk of infection.

 

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angmar001@gmail.com, Community Member
9/22/10 10:33pm

a friend of the family recently died from it filling up her lungs. the doctors were draining them but it just kept filling up. is this common? can it happen to anyone who  may have acid reflux? and or asthma?

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Stephanie, Health Guide
9/22/10 11:06pm

I'm wondering if what they meant is that she got pneumonia due to reflux? That can happen. Then once you get pneumonia which is a lung infection the fluid can keep building up in the lungs and need to be drained. Other than that I'm not sure. When you have problems with reflux in your lungs is doesn't fill your lungs but can cause irritation that leads to problems breathing as the lungs try to clamp down to protect themselves. Also, it is possible to get a small amount of acid/stomach content into the lungs due to reflux which then can be the place for infection to turn into pnemonia.

 

I am very sorry for your loss.

 

Stephanie

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