ubu wrote:dana, can you parse some of the technical jargon you are using here. for example, what is pnuemoconiosis? what are fibrotic changes, etc.?
[pneumo- + Greek konis, koni, dust + -osis.]pneumo·coni·otic (-tk) adj. & n.
pneu·mo·co·ni·o·sis (nm-kn-ss, ny-)
n. pl. pneu·mo·co·ni·o·ses (-sz)
A disease of the lungs, such as asbestosis or silicosis, caused by long-term inhalation of dusts, especially mineral or metallic dusts.
Source: The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Main Entry: pneu·mo·co·ni·o·sis
Inflected Form: plural pneu·mo·co·ni·o·ses /-"sEz/
: a disease of the lungs caused by the habitual inhalation of irritants (as mineral or metallic particles) called also miner's asthma, miner's consumption, pneumonoconiosis; —see BLACK LUNG, SILICOSIS
Source: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.
n : chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles [syn: pneumonoconiosis]
I tried googling "Fibrotic Changes" too but couldn't figure out how to keep the words together. I'd guess that it's changes in the fibroids of the lung.