A 64-year-old male asked:
what else causes copd? other than smoking.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Jared Adams answered
11 years experience General Practice
COPD causes : COPD is caused by long term exposure of the lungs to irritants and inflammation. Usually the irritant is tobacco smoke, but there can be other environmental irritants. Rarely, some have a genetic alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a protein the protects the lungs among other organs. Also asthma, as a chronic inflammatory disorder, can lead to COPD in very uncommon cases.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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