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Copd Cause Clubbing
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
From low O2: Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, or clubbing of the nails, occurs because of long-term deprivation of oxygen in the small arteries of the (small) bones. Certainly that can happen from COPD, especially if u have the chronic bronchitis type of COPD. Oftentimes its associated w/ smoking, so if u smoke, QUIT! The changes won't get worse if u do. (They won't get better, unfortunately: bone changes r perm ...Read more
At the very end: At the end stages of pulmonary fibrosis, it can cause elevated blood pressure in the lungs, which can affect the heart. Also, the lack of oxygen from the fibrosis can also affect the heart. But, again, this occurs in the very end stages of the disease, usually. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can recurrent pulmonary embolism cause chronic hypoxia and clubbing nails? I have symptoms of pulmonary embolism with blue clubbing nails. Ok d dimer.
I suppose it is: possible, but have your doctor look for other causes such as structural heart or lung disease. Clubbing can be a sign of longstanding hypoxia, but it is really non-specific. The only way to tell for sure whether or not you have pulmonary emboli is with CT angiogram or pulmonary angiogram. Both are invasive tests, so your doctor will order them only if there is a high clinical suspicion. ...Read more
Not really: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection by a bacterium. It can cause pneumonia and even holes/cavities in the lung if not treated. It typically does not cause copd. It is possible, depending on how severe the infection is, that TB can cause scarring in the lung. Smoking is the main cause of copd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bronchiectasis: Chronic airway infection in CF is common; it isn't the same as "chronic bronchitis" precisely but has similar traits (copious purulent sputum production, discomfort, airway obstruction). More commonly the chronic infection and mucus plugging lead to airway destruction, dilation in a condition known as bronchiectasis. Google cts of the chest for both and take a look at the differences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Enlarged Finger Tips (Definition)
Clubbing is a condition where the nails and tips of the fingers become rounded and somewhat enlarged (so that they look like clubs). The reason this occurs is unknown, but it is associated with breathing problems or lung diseases. ...Read more
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