expert type icon EXPERT

Dr. Robert O. Satriale, MD

Pulmonologist

Dr. Robert O Satriale MD is a top Pulmonologist in Coatesville, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Robert O Satriale MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Robert O Satriale MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Robert O Satriale MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Coatesville, PA, Dr. Robert O Satriale MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
37 years Experience
Dr. Robert O. Satriale, MD
  • Coatesville, PA
  • Universidad Cetec,Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Accepting new patients

Do the lungs have the capability to regenerate?

Lungs are made up of 2 systems- air sacs (alveoli) and airways (bronchial tubes smoking causes inflammation of the airways called chronic bronchitis, as well as breakdown of the READ MORE
Lungs are made up of 2 systems- air sacs (alveoli) and airways (bronchial tubes smoking causes inflammation of the airways called chronic bronchitis, as well as breakdown of the walls of the air sacs, called emphysema.

Unfortunately, lungs do not have the capacity to regenerate. The good news is that an individuals susceptibility to cigarette smoke varies and less than 20 yrs of smoking rarely causes significant damage. As well, lung function does recover some over time with gradual resolution of chronic bronchitis, with improvement reaching a plateau by 6 months. The emphysema, unfortunately, never repairs itself, but the lungs have a great deal of reserve. Shortness of breath may not begin until more than 40% of lung function is lost, and disability until 60%. Physicians think about transplanting lungs when function is less than 25% of predicted. Lung transplants hold up poorly with 20% of recipients dying by 2 years, 50% by 5 years. This is why there is such a great deal of research invested in stem cell therapies - this is likely the best opportunity to regenerate the lungs air sacs. We are still years away of perfecting techniques, but the chances this approach will become reality is high.