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Doctor insights on: Advanced Stages Emphysema

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What does it feel like being in advanced stages of emphysema?

What does it feel like being in advanced stages of emphysema?

Shortness of breath: Usually, the advanced stages of emphysema are associated with shortness of breath, even at rest. Sometimes cough, chest tightness, wheezing. Many times people require oxygen. It is quite uncomfortable.

I hope you never reach that stage. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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How long can a person in the advanced stages of emphysema expect to live?

How long can a person in the advanced stages of emphysema expect to live?

COPD: A person with advanced emphysema can expect to live a long time, but their prognosis isn't that good. Must exert every effort to take care of self because a bout of influenza or pneumonia of another kind could be a quick exit. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person in the advanced stages of emphysema expect to live.?

For what length of time can a person in the advanced stages of emphysema expect to live.?

Years: Years depending on if they are able to avoid infections and receive good medical care. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my husband has c.o.p.d, emphysema advanced?

Bad: It means he has serious lung disease. Keep him close to your doctor and follow all the advice you get faithfully. There's no cure but it's a treatable condition. Of course, keep him away from all forms of smoke. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband has c.o.p.d, emphysema advanced?

What do you suggest if my husband has c.o.p.d, emphysema advanced?

Treatment: Pulmonary rehabilitation. Avoidance of smoke, second hand smoke, and perfumes. Bronchodilators. Steroids when needed. Antibiotics when needed. Oxygen therapy when needed. Recognition and acceptance of his limitations. Advanced directives. ...Read more

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I have a relative suffering from emphysema, there’s no effective drugs in China. Whether the US have more advanced and effective treatment or drugs?

I have a relative suffering from emphysema, there’s no effective drugs in China. Whether the US have more advanced and effective treatment or drugs?

Depends: Good evening,

Treatment of emphysema is varied and depends on the severity of the disease. Treatment may include just an inhaled bronchodilator, and escalate to include inhaled and oral steroids. At the most advanced stages there are quite a few agents, including supplemental oxygen. You may need to first determine the stage of your loved ones disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is an immune defense supplement good for someone with advanced emphysema?

Is an immune defense supplement good for someone with advanced emphysema?

Vitamin D: Is a great immune supplement. Have your levels checked, they should be between 50 and 100 for maximal protection! ...Read more

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How do you give oxygen to people with advanced emphysema or respiratory distress?

How do you give oxygen to people with advanced emphysema or respiratory distress?

Carefully!: Advanced emphysema and respiratory distress are different. Both may require supplemental oxygen. Respiratory distress may result from many causes other than emphysema and almost always requires extra o2. Pts with severe emphysema or COPD rarely may slow or stop breathing with extra o2 because it takes away their urge to breathe. O2 must be given with extra caution to those pts. ...Read more

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Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Yes: As long as your o2 sats stay at 90% or above, your cells will get plenty of oxygen, and you can exercise safely on oxygen.

There is very little increased benefit with o2 sats greater than 90%. The key is to stay above 90%. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

What is emphysema?

Lung damage: Destruction of lung tissue from exposure to cigarette smoke. As more lung tissue is destroyed, shortness of breath gets worse, and ultimately the lungs cannot do their job, and the body gets starved of oxygen. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

Breakdown of walls: Of the small air pouches in your lung, called alveoli. When the walls become damaged, the alveoli merge into one larger pouch, decreasing the surface area where gas exchange can occur. Think of this by comparing the surface area of a ballon of equal size to a bunch of grapes. Though individually smaller, there are many grapes in the same volume, so more surface area. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

Definition...: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by cigarette smoking which damages the lungs leading to this disease. It is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Once present, treatments are aimed at reducing symptoms and insuring that there is enough oxygen in the body to support it. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Can emphysema be cured?

Can emphysema be cured?

No: Emphysema is, by definition, a disease characterized by irreversible damage to the lungs. However, there are all degrees of emphysema and the goal of therapy is to ameliorate symptoms, treat complications, and prevent or slow progression. ...Read more

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Is emphysema inherited?

Is emphysema inherited?

Could be rarely: Most commonly it is from smoking. But some people have Alpha 1 antitruson deficiency they can get emphysema still smoking plays a major role. ...Read more

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Consequences of emphysema?

Progressive...: Emphysema is a progressive disease and it progresses faster if smoking is continued. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, cough sometimes productive of sputum, decreased oxygen level with increased carbon dioxide level, etc. With progression, the signs and symptoms worsen. COPD can lead to death so smoking cessation is necessary to slow progression. The patient should see doc for therapy. ...Read more

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How long can emphysema last?

Life long: Once you have emphysema, it will always be there. Once you lose lung tissue, it is gone forever. That doesn't mean life is over...There are very good treatments, and people with emphysema can life full, productive lives. Best thing is to stop smoking and see a doctor to get treated. ...Read more

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What is done for emphysema?

Smoking Cessation: The most important thing is to stop the cause, which in the vast majority of cases is smoking-related. Thereafter, treatment focuses on keeping the airways open with medications. There is less room in the lungs (even though they're bigger) for gas exchange, so many of these patients require supplemental oxygen. ...Read more

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What is end stage emphysema?

What is end stage emphysema?

Chronic Lung Disease: Emphysema is a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are different classifications of COPD. End stage could refer to you needing to use daily medications in order to relieve symptoms of shortness of breath. This could also mean needing to use oxygen. If a physician has mentioned "end stage" it is worth visiting with a lung specialist called a Pulmonologist. ...Read more

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How can I have gotten emphysema?

Possibilities...: Most of the time, COPD is caused by smoking, if you are a non-smoker, there are environmental exposures that can contribute so what type of work you do may be relevant. There is also a form of COPD, alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency. This can be diagnosed via a blood test and the enzyme can be replaced so the disease won't progress further. ...Read more

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Does emphysema have a real effect?

Um?: What? Real effect? Yes. Google "emphysema lung" for all the pictures and microscope slides you need. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is emphysema?

What sort of disorder is emphysema?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of emphysema?

What are the symptoms of emphysema?

Shortness of breath: Typically emphysema causes shortness of breath without wheezing or congestion - just air hunger. There are many causes of this symptom however so testing is required for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is emphysema common for nonsmokers?

No: However, if some one has a genetic predisposition to emphysema, such as alpha-1-antitrypsin disease, then they can develop emphysema. Also, people who are exposed to second hand smoke on a chronic basis can develop emphysema. ...Read more

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Does emphysema effect older people?

Does emphysema effect older people?

It can....: Empysema is a form of copd, usually a result of cigarette smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke over time, the bigger your risk of developing this disease. So, elderly people who have smoked lots of cigarettes over many years are at high risk of developing this disease. ...Read more

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Can emphysema affect small children?

Yes: 3% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can have interstitial pulmonary emphysema. There is a genetic condition that causes low levels of an enzyme that protects the lungs, and these patients can get emphysema even without smoking, but it does not affect small children. (it might be apparent in their 30's or 40's). Thanks @yayayarndiva. ...Read more

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Can you tell me all about emphysema?

Can you tell me all about emphysema?

Good resource: Check this out from the american lung association:
http://www. Lung. Org/lung-disease/emphysema/. ...Read more

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What are other effects of emphysema?

What are other effects of emphysema?

Breathlessness: Shortness of breath is number 1, but weight loss, susceptibility to infection, and cardiac disease are also possible. ...Read more

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How long does emphysema take to occur?

Depends...: The time it takes to develop COPD depends on many factors including genetic factors and the amount of cigarettes smoked over time. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke increases your risk of developing this disease. Smoking cessation decreases the risk of developing this disease. ...Read more

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What is the cause of emphysema in men?

Smoking: Smoking, smoking and smoking. Then there are genetic causes like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and rarely occupational exposures. In some parts of the world open pit charcoal burning can cause emphysema. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more