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is emphysema fatal

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Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Hmmm...: Emphysema is a chronic lung disease. That means it can get worse over time, and eventually, one can die from it. Another way to look at it is: emphys ... Read More
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Emphysema: Severe emphysema in late stages can cause respiratory failure.Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. http://p ... Read More

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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
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
31 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
See below: By decreasing the lung function until one can no longer breathe on one's own. But there are a lot of things that doctors can do these days to slow thi ... Read More
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Serious disease: COPD is a serious disease and if your dad is smoking this will be the right time to quit, since otherwise the disease will progress fast. How was he d ... Read More
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Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
Yes: End stage is fatal , as lung is a vital organ carries oxygen to body, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD ) has stages of progression, based ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
16 years experience 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience 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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
22 years experience 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
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
31 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
See below: Shortness of breath, wheezing, cough - usually dry but sometimes wet. You can also get chest pains etc.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: However, if some one has a genetic predisposition to emphysema, such as alpha-1-antitrypsin disease, then they can develop emphysema. Also, people wh ... Read More
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