A 30-year-old female asked:
what is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? how to identify each as an emt? how are they treated?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Copd: Asthma is a reversible airway disease due to allergens either extrinsic or intrinsic. COPD is classified into chronic bronchitis and emphysema depending on the pathology. These are termed irreversible airway diseases. Bronchitis is damage to the lining of bronchioles resulting in excessive secretions, whereas emphysema is loss of elasticity of alveoli resulting in bad air exchange. Careful history.
Answered on Jun 12, 2017
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