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

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Dr. Arnon Rubin answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Yes: Emphysema can present with all of these symptoms. To start to make the diagnosis one needs a chest xray and pulmonary function tests.

Answered 1/15/2012

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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

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!

Answered 7/20/2012

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Does shortness of breath mean possible emphysema?

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