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Is there any connection between asbestos and emphysema

A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
35 years experience Pulmonology
Not known: Asbestos is a natural fiber found in few places in the world. It is well known due its repellant properties agains fire & hot temperature. It was used ... Read More
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes, if a smoker: Asbestos exposure can cause a lung scarring condition called "asbestosis, " which is different from emphysema. But, many times, those who have been ex ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
17 years experience Addiction Medicine
No: Asbestosis is a form do pulmonary fibrosis caused by chronic irritation from inhaled asbestos fibers. Emphysema is a disease caused by destruction of ... Read More
Dr. Nathaniel Pascual
29 years experience Sleep Medicine
No : Asbestos exposure is typically associated with the development of fibrosis (scarring) of the lung, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and pleural disease (dis ... Read More
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rifat Naghmi
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Emphysema: He should be under supervision of a lung specialist. In addition to the treatment of emphysema he has to be monitored for lung cancer. Asbestos may ca ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: Possibly.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Asbestosis: Asbestos exposure can cause changes similar to COPD and worse. In that case, it is called asbestosis.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. Asbestos exposure does not cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). However if a person is exposed to asbestos it can increase thei ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Yes: Exercise is very beneficial to patients with copd/emphysema. Exercising can be done on oxygen as long as your oxygen saturations are greater than 88 ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
36 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Mgt: Check with your local medical library and the lung association for medical literature on this subject.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Virginia Phipps
21 years experience Hospital-based practice
Depends: Good evening, Treatment of emphysema is varied and depends on the severity of the disease. Treatment may include just an inhaled bronchodilator, and ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Cabrera
14 years experience 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

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