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What sort of disorder is emphysema?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

Destruction of lung: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often from smoking. I some people, it is due to a genetic deficiency of a particular blocking enzyme. It causes difficulty breathing, especially in its advanced stages. But, many people with emphysema live full and active lives, especially with proper treatment.

Answered 7/20/2012

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

Overinflated lungs: Emphysema is an enlargement of the airspaces in the lung. It leads to obstruction of airflow, and inefficient gas exchange. It can be fatal, and will soon be the third leading cause of death in th us. Its principle cause is cigarette or tobacco exposure.

Answered 6/11/2014

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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

COPD: Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). It is characterized by chronic obstruction in the airways usually due to smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. The diagnosis is made by an evaluation by a doctor as well as pulmonary function tests. There are treatments available. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further lung damage.

Answered 8/3/2012

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Dr. Dean Giannone answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable.

Answered 2/6/2015

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