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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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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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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?

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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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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I am a pt with stage 3 COPD emphysema. extensive Bullous on lungs. question a 9mm sub pleural nodule present in upper lobe something to worry about?

I am a pt with stage 3 COPD emphysema. extensive Bullous on lungs. question  a 9mm sub pleural nodule present in upper lobe something to worry about?

Obsrervation: continue current treatment.& pulmonologist's rec. Avoid cough- use liberal amount of cough meds whichever works for you. supplements- visit drhoffman.com may help you. ...Read more

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What is the cause of emphysema in men?

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

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Can emphysema cause hypercapnia?

Can emphysema cause hypercapnia?

Yes: hypercapnea is more common with COPD than with emphysema and many patients have a mixture of COPD and emphysema but I have seen a few cases of hypercapnia where emphysema was the primary issue. ...Read more

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Can emphysema cause finger clubbing?

Clubbing: Chronic hypoxemia can cause finger clubbing, severe emphysema can cause that. ...Read more

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Does emphysema cause finger clubbing?

Does emphysema cause finger clubbing?

Not usually.: Emphysema by itself usually doesn't cause clubbing. It might if associated with a chronically low blood oxygen level. ...Read more

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Could about six months of smoking weed cause emphysema?

Could about six months of smoking weed cause emphysema?

Not likely: Patients who develop COPD smoked for a long time or they were around people that are very heavy smokers. There are a few genetic disorders that cause people to develop COPD without much smoking, but a few months of marijuana should not cause copd. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause emphysema from 3 pack years smoking at 23 years old?

Can smoking cause emphysema from 3 pack years smoking at 23 years old?

Smoking: Long enough can cause emphysema. It has to be noted that not all smokers will develop emphysema but when it does happen it can be devastating. Not all smokers will develop lung cancer but when it does, cure is not readily available. So just think about that. ...Read more

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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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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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Emphysema (Definition)

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