What is a Pulmonary Adhesion?

Understand Pulmonary Adhesion?

Pulmonary AdhesionAny form of adhesion within the body is generally not a great sign, but to break it down into easier terms – an adhesion consist of fibrous materials that have combined within the body. This is often indicative of an injury or some kind of damage to the region. When you speak about a pulmonary adhesion, this may become cancerous, or cause a great deal of pain and/or discomfort in the body. Depending on the root cause of the pulmonary adhesion in the first place will help surgeons and doctors alike figure out what the best treatment plan may be.

The Build up Scar Tissue

Scar tissue within the lungs can be caused by several factors. Some patients experience bronchitis annually, and/or pneumonia, which can lead to pulmonary edema. This may lead to scarring in the lungs, and can be very damaging especially over time. Additionally, there may be times where the lung lining can become separated from the muscle tissue surrounding the chest cavity which can be painful and a condition known as pleurisy.


The best way to determine which course of action will best benefit the patient is often done by a tissue biopsy of the area to fully understand the root cause of the pulmonary adhesion in the first place. When it comes to breathing and persistent chest pain, it is greatly advised to speak with a physician as soon as you notice some irregularity. It is oftentimes better safe than sorry especially in catching something like a pulmonary adhesion. Usually these adhesions can be removed laparoscopically and require minimal downtime. If you have any questions and/or concerns about chest pain and issues breathing, speak with your physician and ask for a referral to go speak with a pulmonologist as soon as you can. This is a preventative measure that you do not want to overlook.

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About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery