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A 38-year-old member asked:

Could his cough and shortness of breath and raspyness possibly be emphysema?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Possibly...: If the person has smoked, then empysema is a possible etiology of these symptoms. Other possibilities include gerd and post-nasal drip, bronchospasm or some combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor as well as testing will be necessary to make the diagnosis and render treatment. If currently smoking, need to quit asap!

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