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A 54-year-old female asked:

can copd be reversed?

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Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
COPD treatments: While the underlying damage caused by cigarettes cannot be reversed, COPD symptoms can be greatly improved with current treatments.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established.

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How does having COPD affect a VQ scan?

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Yes: If a patient has bullous emphysema it will affect the flow then the v/q scan.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Which of the following symptoms associated with COPD is considered a late manifestation?

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Dr. Richard Williams
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Hard to answer: Of c course frequent need for a rescue inhaler, hospitalizations, need for oxygen, etc are indications. Late manifestations are also seen in progressively diminishing spirometry studies. There are other symptoms that can best be discussed with your pulmonologist.
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What are causes of alveolar wall damage in copd?

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Imbalance: We have chemicals called proteases which can break down tissue and anti-proteases which turn them off. People susceptible to COPD have an excess of proteolytic enzymes which break down the alveolar wall over time.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the most common triggers of copd?

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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
A few: Triggers in COPD do differ often from those in asthma. Respiratory infections, inhalation of particulates (ie smoke, powder, etc) are common. Smog and industrial exhausts can also be a trigger.
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A 86-year-old male asked:

What can restore breath most efficiently in the case of copd?

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Check with your doc: There are many ways your lung doc will do it.

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