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Can inherited emphysema be prevented?

Can inherited emphysema be prevented?

Interited copd: Inherited means coded in your genetics so at the present time prevention is more trying to keep it from getting as bad as it could get, ie don't smoke, take care to get flu and pneumonia shots, and discuss with your dr. ...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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Can you inherit dementia?

Can you inherit dementia?

Some kinds.: Some types of dementia like alzheimer's disease with early onset at ages 40 to 60 have a large genetic component while other types of dementia like alcohol induced do not. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how genes in genetic diseases become triggered?

Can you tell me how genes in genetic diseases become triggered?

Yes, but it would: take a long time, and many different genetic disease processes occur without being "triggered". Is there any particular disorder you are concerned about. ...Read more

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Can you tell me ways on developing "acquired" (not congenital or inherited) diffuse pulmonary avms?

Can you tell me ways on developing "acquired"  (not congenital or inherited) diffuse pulmonary avms?

Pulmonary AVM: Although most pulmonary AVMs are congenital, it is possible that they be acquired. Some conditions that may contribute to this are liver disease/ cirrhosis, some congenital heart disease, and more rarely, chronic lung infections or cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some incurable genetic diseases ?

Can you tell me some incurable genetic diseases  ?

Incurable: There are many incurable conditions but most are not common. Please let me know why you are asking that question and I will try and give you some advice. In those families with incurable genetic diseases there is always concern and that is hard to control. That said, one of my nephews was in that position some years ago but survived. He is now well and the proud father of five kids. ...Read more

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How can another genetic condition cause symptoms similar to those of tay sachs?

How can another genetic condition cause symptoms similar to those of tay sachs?

The initial signs: and symptoms of Tay-Sachs can be similar to some other genetic diseases because they are non-specific developmental signs, such as regression or lack of progression in development, lack of visual tracking and seizures. Please check out this link to find out more and discuss your doctor. http://ntsad.org/index.php/tay-sachs/classic-infantile-form ...Read more

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Can mutations in hla genes cause people to be predisposed to possibly developing an autoimmune condition?

Can mutations in hla genes cause people to be predisposed to possibly developing an autoimmune condition?

Yes: Hla controls the immune system and mutations in hla and other genes in the same area may predispose to autoimmune disorders, especially complement deficiency. ...Read more

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Genetic disorder methemoglobinemia (blue person disease), can you tell me more?

Genetic disorder methemoglobinemia (blue person disease), can you tell me more?

Methemoglobinemia: Methemoglobinemia is called "blue man disease" because blood has a blue tint (instead of red) due to methemoglobin. It can be caused by ingestion of certain drugs or compounds. A genetic form is due to nadh-cytochrome b5 reductase deficiency (an enzyme) which causes decreased oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, with resultant cyanosis (=blueness) and hypoxia (low oxygen in blood). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how gene therapy would help to prevent inherited conditions and diseaeses?

Can you tell me how gene therapy would help to prevent inherited conditions and diseaeses?

Gene therapy: Here is some comprehensive information about gene therapy. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/therapy.pdf ...Read more

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Can you die of cystic fibrosis?

Can you die of cystic fibrosis?

Yes but: Yes but with early diagnosis and regular care and adherence to prescribed therapy by a pediatric pulmonologist the long term survival has improved greatly in the past two decades. ...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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Is emphysema permanent? Can someone with emphysema improve?

Is emphysema permanent? Can someone with emphysema improve?

Permanent: There is no way to reverse emphysema as it is a structural loss of tissue that cannot be regrown. Symptoms can be treated with medication, but the underlying disease is progressive. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affect your gas exchange?

Can you tell me how could chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affect your gas exchange?

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is mainly a problem that results in difficulty exhaling air due to airway narrowing. This results in air being trapped within the lung because it can't be exhaled, the trapped air doesn't participate in gas exchange. Also in severe COPD, many people also have emphysema which is destruction of lung tissue that participates in gas exchange ...Read more

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Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

Can CHF cause me to have any COPD disease?

No: CHF can cause pulmonary edema, when lungs fill up with fluid, but usually is the other way around with COPD causing CHF. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell whether certain disorders are autosomal recessive, autosomal dominant, or x-linked?

Confusing question: If you are aware of the name of the disorder you can look it up.The NIH website has many such listings. Geneticists begin the process by compiling family trees of affected persons and sorting the issue out over time. ...Read more

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Can CHF cause me to have emphysema?

Can CHF cause me to have emphysema?

No: CHF can cause shortness of breath. Emphysema is a distinct entity that primarily affects the lungs and also causes shortness of breath. They are distinct clinical entities. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are genetic disorders/ diseases that cause you to cough up blood?

Can you tell me if there are genetic disorders/ diseases that cause you to cough up blood?

Many: There are many that include blood vessel disorders and clotting issues among others. Best to consult with your physician and ask relatives about similar problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can genetic engineering be used to prevent canavan disease?

Can you tell me how can genetic engineering be used to prevent canavan disease?

Canavan: Genetic engineering can not prevent Canavan disease, but genetic testing can identify the gene in parents prenatally to determine whether your child is at risk. If you are a carrier, your partner should be tested and the results discussed with a genetic counsellor. ...Read more

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How can congenital heart disease be genetic?

How can congenital heart disease be genetic?

Multifactorial: The inheritance of congenital heart defects follows a different pattern than commonly thought of genetic traits like skin or eye color. The risk to any newborn is a little less than 1%. The risk of a subsequent child i higher - about 2-3%. The risk to the child if the mother (or father although the numbers are lower)is affected is about 6-8% and varies with the defect. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of inherited emphysema?

What are the symptoms of inherited emphysema?

Alpha one?: Are you referring to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency? If so, the symptoms are basically the same as copd, they just occur at a younger age than expected (like 20-30s). Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. If the person smokes, the disease is accelerated. Diagnosis is made via a blood test. Treatment includes enzyme replacement as well as usual COPD therapies. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating inherited emphysema?

I want to know my options for treating inherited emphysema?

Pulmonary Medicine: Inherited emphysema may be caused by any one of several dozen different genetic conditions. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is one well known cause: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency. Your pulmonary doctor will be very familiar with these conditions, can diagnose the exact genetic cause, and will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. If you smoke, stop now. ...Read more

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How will inherited emphysema affect other parts of my health?

How will inherited emphysema affect other parts of my health?

"Inherited": Usually means susceptibility to emphysema due to lack of functional in the protein "alpha-1 trypsin inhibitor" (a1at). This is due to one of several possible mutations in the gene, and only some of those mutations are associated with liver disease. There are no other known genes for "inherited emphysema" that I am aware of, so i can't give you other questions to speak to your doctor about. ...Read more

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Can inherited emphysema be prevented?

Interited copd: Inherited means coded in your genetics so at the present time prevention is more trying to keep it from getting as bad as it could get, ie don't smoke, take care to get flu and pneumonia shots, and discuss with your dr. ...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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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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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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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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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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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 come I have emphysema, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have emphysema, but nobody else in the family has it?

Tobacco?: If you smoke, used to smoke, or are exposed to significant second hand smoke, you've got your answer. Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency causes emyphysema in non-smokers but is generally inherited. However, you could be an exception. ...Read more

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Is emphysema curable?

No...: Empysema, a form of COPD typically due to smoking, is not curable. It is a slowly progressive disease. The best way to prevent this is to avoid smoking and/or to quit asap if you already smoke. ...Read more

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Is emphysema contagious?

Is emphysema contagious?

No...: Emphysema is a form of copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by smoking and it is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is emphysema always fatal?

Is emphysema always fatal?

Emphysema: Severe emphysema in late stages can cause respiratory failure.Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. http://patient.info/health/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-leaflet ...Read more

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Does smoking cause emphysema?

Does smoking cause emphysema?

Definately: Smoking is the number one risk factor for the development of emphysema. Other risks include family history, a genetic predisposition (such as Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency) and occupational exposure (usually related to dusts). If you have no desire to develop emphysema do not smoke. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for emphysema?

Is there a cure for emphysema?

No...: Empysema, a form of copd, is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. There are effective treatments but no cure. Smoking cessation can prevent it from developing and slow progression, if already present. ...Read more

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Can cigarettes cause emphysema?

Can cigarettes cause emphysema?

It IS the result...: Emphysema is one of the main results of cigarette smoking. Emphysema is the destruction of lung tissue from smoking. Cigarette smoking is the #1 cause of emphysema. That's why, you should quit asap. It definitely can cause emphysema (and a whole host of other bad stuff). ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

One type of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) characterized by a loss of lung tissue, causing hyperinflation and increased effort to ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Inherited Emphysema (Definition)

Inherited emphysema = alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency which can destroy lung tissue ...Read more