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are my lungs inflamed when i have emphysema?

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Dr. James Leaming
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Yes: Lung damage and inflammation of the air sacs (alveoli) results in emphysema. Treatment of chronic emphysema often includes medications that decrease the inflammatory response and therefore decrease the enlargement and destruction of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
No: In emphysema inflammation is practically non existent as opposed to chronic bronchitis where inflammation results in chronic mucus production.

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