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Can excessive coughing cause emphysema to worsen?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
No: But it might be a sign that something is amiss: insufficient medications, medication side effect, something else might be going on ...Etc. Excessive coughing can cause broken ribs, chest pain, coughing blood and collapsed lung.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
See below: It is usually the other way around - excessive coughing is a sign of worsening emphysema. It may also be a sign of infection, mucous plugs, fluid overload etc; means you need more treatment.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Yes: The increased pressure from coughing will probably destroy alveoli.

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