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My mom was diagnosed with bullous emphysema from her general practioner. Should she go see a specialist for this?

My mom was diagnosed with bullous emphysema from her general practioner. Should she go see a specialist for this?

Yes: She probably should be evaluated by a pulmonologist for this. That way she can get a definitive measurement of her lung function and help determine whether she needs surgery intervention. ...Read more

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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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Is bullous emphysema painful?

Is bullous emphysema painful?

Not typically: In general emphasema, including bullous emphasema, is uncomfortable and people feel short of breath but it is not usually painful. ...Read more

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What exactly is bullous emphysema?

What exactly is bullous emphysema?

Big spaces: Emphasema comes in a variety of different subtypes - in bullous emphysema, lung tissue is destroyed and leaves behind large spaces that don't contribute to gas exchange. Sometimes these spaces can get infected (bullitis) or they can press down on healthy lung preventing it from functioning (removing these is the basis for lung volume reduction surgery as a therapy in copd). ...Read more

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What does bullous emphysema changes mean?

What does bullous emphysema changes mean?

XR or CT: This diagnosis is specific findings seen in imaging only and can not be made on clinical basis alone. It means there are destroyed areas in the lung that cause coalescence of the walls of the alveoli and instead of small spaces, we see the big spaces or bags of air with less total surface area and by their sizes can push on other areas of the lungs. ...Read more

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Is bullous emphysema the same as regular?

Similar: Bullous emphysema is a radiologic finding seen in emphysema. Some of the destruction that occurs in emphysema can merge producing large bullae. ...Read more

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Has anyone got any information on a condition called bullous emphysema? What is it?

Has anyone got any information on a condition called bullous emphysema? What is it?

Big air pockets: When patients smoke, they can develop emphysema. Sometimes the emphysema is such that the patient makes large air pockets that can compress the "normal" lung tissue and thus make the patient short of breath. A bulli, is air trapped inside the lung that cannot come out. Is like having a balloon(bleb) that can continue to inflate overtime inside your chest. Surgery at times can be an option. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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