U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
PA
A 40-year-old male asked:

Quit smoking 12/9/12, 23 pack years.occasionally still bring up brown speckled phlegm.most times it is clear. chest xray normal.mild emphysema.normal?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Not really: It is surprising that you have emphysema with your limited smoking history. You might have a genetic predisposition to have lung problems, or you might actually have asthma.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jun 14, 2013

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.