Alternate Names : Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis, IPH, Pulmonary Hemorrhage
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Prevention is based on treating the underlying cause. If another condition causes bleeding into the lungs, hemosiderosis can develop.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
If hemosiderosis is not effectively treated, long-term effects from the bleeding and kidney damage can include:
glomerulonephritis, or progressive destruction of the filtering system of the kidneys
cirrhosis of the liver, a condition of continued scarring and decreased liver function
congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart is not able to pump enough blood to body tissues
What are the risks to others?
Hemosiderosis is not contagious. If the underlying cause is an infection, that infection may be contagious.