In patients with severe bullous lung disease ct figure 2 will differentiate emphysematous bullae from pneumothorax and save the patient an unnecessary and potentially dangerous procedure 7 our patient was further evaluated with pulmonary function testing and eventually underwent video assisted thorascopic surgery. Bullous lung disease is a lung disorder which causes a patient to suffer from shortage of breath it results due to the formation of bullae in the lungs of an individual bullae are thin walled air filled cystic spaces that exceed 1 cm in diameter and are found within the lungs. Bullous lung disease or bullous emphysema is a condition in which air pockets or bullae form in areas of the lung where there is severe tissue damage due to the emphysema explains university of rochester medical center. Bullous lung disease or bullous emphysema is a long term progressive disease of the lungs characterized by single or multiple bullae bulla is a blister more than 5 mm about 3 16 inch in diameter with thin walls that is full of fluid or air bullae on the pleura the membrane that covers the lung are also called blebs. Bullous lung disease is an uncommon cause of respiratory distress in patients with severe emphysema discrete emphysematous bullae have been shown to functionally impair pulmonary mechanics and result in diminished exercise capacity and even acute respiratory distress
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