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      Category : Health Centers > Digestive System


Alternate Names : Idiopathic Pulmonary Hemosiderosis, IPH, Pulmonary Hemorrhage

Hemosiderosis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

The treatment depends on the cause. Blood transfusions may be needed for blood loss. Supplemental oxygen is given for low levels of oxygen in the blood. Corticosteroids and medications that suppress the immune system are often used. If the cause is sensitivity to cow's milk, a milk-free diet may be recommended.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the treatment used. Side effects of steroids may include stomach upset, jittery feelings, muscle weakness, bloating, and weight gain.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Pulmonary bleeding can recur from time to time and will need to be evaluated.

How is the condition monitored?

This condition is monitored for the rest of the person's life. Any further bleeding in the lungs must be evaluated. The healthcare provider should be told about any new or worsening symptoms. Blood tests, pulmonary function tests, and chest x-rays may also help monitor the course of the disease.

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Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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