LAM: Rare Respiratory Disease Strikes Women in Childbearing Years by Dr. Kimi Suh
For most women childbearing years are some of their healthiest, but there’s a rare lung disease that strikes women during this time. Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, or LAM disease, almost exclusively affects women and can lead to respiratory failure and even death. Symptoms include:
- shortness of breath
- chest pain
- chronic cough
- lung collapse
There’s no cure, but early intervention and treatment can improve a patient’s quality of life and dramatically extend lifespan. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms.