A 64-year-old male asked:
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what else causes copd? other than smoking.

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Dr. Jared Adams
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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Dr. Peter Hahn
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Biofuels: Burning biofuels is a significant cause of COPD especially in less developed countries.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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