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Mu uncle is currently on life support and family will probably unplug tomorrow. My story is this: he went to ER about 2 weeks ago having difficulty breathing. they sent him home with a strong antibiotic. He ended back at ER 4 days later with, not only no improvement, but worsened conditions. He was admitted and even though they found NO signs of pnuemonia with x-rays, test, etc., they continued to treat as pnuemonia. they put him into an induced coma about 5 days ago and he coded this morning. I can tell you his lungs have failed and they were compared to bricks at this point? Other organs are also failing. Any idea what this could've been besides pnuemonia??
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Dr. Jones is not online

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I am also an ER doctor

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Did they do a CT of the chest?

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I don't see that you are on line.

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Other things which can cause shortness of breath and stiff lungs would be severe pulmonary fibrosis

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Interstitial lung disease

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You can also have shortness of breath and code following a blood clot in the lungs- called a pulmonary embolism

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Severely infected lungs can give you a stiff appearance and so can conditions like hemachromatosis (deposition of iron into the lung tissue)

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Having a CT of the chest would be most helpful

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I am really sorry for your loss

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You can also have severe heart failure secondary to endocarditis (infection) which can cause fluid to back up into the lungs and multisystem organ failure.

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I hope that this was somewhat helpful

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Getting an autopsy would be important if they cause of death is still not clear by tomorrow.

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My thoughts are with you and your family

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I hope that this helped.

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