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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Lung damage: Destruction of lung tissue from exposure to cigarette smoke. As more lung tissue is destroyed, shortness of breath gets worse, and ultimately the lung ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Moran
32 years experience in Cardiology
Breakdown of walls: Of the small air pouches in your lung, called alveoli. When the walls become damaged, the alveoli merge into one larger pouch, decreasing the surface ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience in Family Medicine
COPD: It is a chronic-obstructive-pulmonary disease (COPD) defined pathologically as: abnormal and permanent enlargement of air spaces in your lungs (not th ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience in Cardiology
No: Emphysema is, by definition, a disease characterized by irreversible damage to the lungs. However, there are all degrees of emphysema and the goal of ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Azmat Qayyum
32 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Could be rarely: Most commonly it is from smoking. But some people have Alpha 1 antitruson deficiency they can get emphysema still smoking plays a major role.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
21 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Emphysema : Depends on severity and ongoing exposure to irritants (smoking/ second hand smoke/occupational exposures/etc). Chronic and progressive disease which r ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latisha Smith
37 years experience in Wound care
Forever: Once the condition is causing symptoms that are severe enough for a doctor to diagnose emphysema that means that there is a lot of lung tissue that is ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
15 years experience in Cardiology
Smoking Cessation: The most important thing is to stop the cause, which in the vast majority of cases is smoking-related. Thereafter, treatment focuses on keeping the a ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Cabrera
13 years experience in Hospital-based practice
Chronic Lung Disease: Emphysema is a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are different classifications of COPD. End stage could refer to you needing ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Possibilities...: Most of the time, COPD is caused by smoking, if you are a non-smoker, there are environmental exposures that can contribute so what type of work you d ... Read More

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