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Bullous Emphysema General
My mom was diagnosed with bullous emphysema from her general practioner. Should she go see a specialist for this?
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
My mom was diagnosed with bullous emphysema from her general doctor. Does she need to go to a specialist for this?
Depends: That's a common disease that family doctors take care of everyday. If she's doing okay, why complicate her life? ...Read more
What do you suggest if my mom was diagnosed with bullous emphysema from her general doctor. should she go see a specialist for this.?
Depends: The treatment is pretty standard. If she's satisfied with her doc, trusts her/him, then there's no need to go further. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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