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Is Emphysema a terminal illness

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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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
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
No: Emphysema is not contagious. People get emphysema for genetic reasons combined with enviormental exposures-usually tobacco smoke. The only way your ... Read More
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Not at all: Emphysema is not contagious. You can't "catch" it from anyone. But, you can get lung damage that causes emphysema by smoking or inhaling second hand s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Respiratory failure: The lungs eventually lose so much function that they can't support normal metabolic processes and supply oxygen which is one of the fuels the body run... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
Pulmonology 36 years experience
COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses several causes of lung obstruction often resulting in shortness of breath and wheezing. The c... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Holes vs. airway: Emphysema is a disease of progressive destruction of lung tissue, resulting in lungs that look like swiss cheese. COPD can result from emphysema (due... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Only if you...: Only if you pass the cigarette. Otherwise, you're not going to give emphysema to others.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
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
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Asthma recurrent : Recurrent reactivity of the airway is most often related to Asthma. A virtual consult is available and your lung function testing may be uploaded for ... Read More

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