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is emphysema a terminal illness

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Damaged air sacs: smoking causes two major kinds of damage - inflammation of the air passages (bronchitis) which ultimately narrows and scars these passages, and damage ... Read More

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A female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. It's usually due to ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnon Rubin
23 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Emphysema is not contagious. People get emphysema for genetic reasons combined with enviormental exposures-usually tobacco smoke. The only way your ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Destruction of lung: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often from smoking. I some people, it is due to a genetic deficiency of a particular blocking enzyme. It ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
36 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
No: There are a variety of conditions that can occur with hydrocephalus from severe to not noticeable at all. Depending on the type and severity, a surgic ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
18 years experience in Vascular Surgery
No way to answer: Any thromboembolism can be fatal, and most can be treated with anticoagulation. That being said, to answer your question you have to know where the th ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No: There are different severity of reactive airway diseases. So the answer would be no.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Thrombolic disorders: I'm not sure which term you are wanting to indicate. Thromboembolic disorders throw blood clots to the lung or other tissues (like brain [a stroke]. T ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
NO: The HIV epidemic affected many hemophiliacs but those that survived through that time and those diagnosed after the HIV epidemic was fully realized ha ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Galli
26 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
YES!!: Chronic obstructive lung disease. This is a heading for chronic bronchitis/asthma and emphysema. One may have overlap with eachother. This is diagnose ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Carroll
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: Unfortunately, yes. It's the outcome of years of smoking typically. Eventually, putting all of those pollutants into lungs has a consequence.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leroy Fleischer
35 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Medical treatment can slow the progression of the disease and improve symptoms, but if you are a smoker and have copd, stop smoking now, it's the best ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Emphysema: Mild emphysema is not a death sentence.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience in Wound care
Pulmonary embolism: We usually consider pulmonary embolism (from blood clots) as a single event in which it is part of the workup to discover the cause and treat it; for ... Read More
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Dr. Keith Robinson
20 years experience in Pulmonology
COPD: COPD is an acronym for a number of diseases that lead to progressive lung function loss, breathing problems, and disability in many patients at risk d ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes, : Yes, you can think of emphysema as essentially the same as copd. Technically, emphysema refers to the anatomical destruction of lung tissue, i.e. A ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience in Nuclear Medicine
Stops suffering: If patient is suffering with chronic illness, a superimiposed pneumonia sometimes leads to death shortly after onset of infection.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Yes.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Asthma is hyperactive airways, or reactive airways, which causes constriction and inflammation in the airways from a certain trigger, such as an aller ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
15 years experience in Cardiology
Only if you...: Only if you pass the cigarette. Otherwise, you're not going to give emphysema to others.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
See below: History, physical examination, laboratory tests, x-rays and specialized testing.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gina Salcedo-samper
9 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Depends...: In the past mental illness were thought to be originated by our emotions, magical forces, etc. Nowadays scientific research has been able to identify ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Bailie
30 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Chronic essentially means having for a longtime so all incurable genetic disease would qualify as chronic.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience in Sleep Medicine
No: The conditions are completely separate; however, some of the same risk factors occur for both, namely smoking and exposures to certain types of dust.

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