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I am overseas and have a diagnosis of COPD and pulmonary fibrosis by two doctors in the same clinic withct scan, X-ray and spirometry. Should I take a secondopinion in the us?

I am overseas and have a diagnosis of COPD and pulmonary fibrosis by two doctors in the same clinic withct scan, X-ray and spirometry. Should I take a secondopinion in the us?

Treatment...: Both COPD and pulmonary fibrosis can be diagnosed by the doctors via the tests that you describe. So, the diagnosis is likely correct and is unlikely to change by having these tests repeated in the us. The etiology of the pulmonary fibrosis should be sought, if possible, so it can be treated before more scarring occurs, if possible. COPD treatment, including smoking cessation, is also needed. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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 COPD be reversed?

No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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What're COPD symptoms?

Symptoms...: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath either with activity or at rest, cough either productive of sputum or non-productive. Symptoms can also include weight loss and malaise. Symptoms typically occur after a significant smoking history. See your doctor for testing if you think you may have this incurable disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of copd?

What are the symptoms of copd?

COPD: COPD is characterized by shortness of breath and chronic productive cough, typically in a smoker or ex-smoker. ...Read more

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What mean of COPD excarbation?

What mean of COPD excarbation?

See below: COPD exacerbations are usually caused by a virus. Patients get more SOB, maybe cough more, have more sputum production and possible a change in their sputum color. More serious issues are a drop in oxygen saturations and increases in blood carbon dioxide levels. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

COPD...: COPD is diagnosed by clinical symptoms in conjunction with pulmonary function tests. Treatment usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the oxygen level is low. Smoking cessation is also essential to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Is COPD reversible or is it terminal?

Is COPD reversible or is it terminal?

COPD: COPD is an acronym for a number of diseases that lead to progressive lung function loss, breathing problems, and disability in many patients at risk due to chronic inflammation caused by noxious stimuli-- like smoking. The stage of COPD is crucial in determining risk of premature loss of life and a pulmonary function test is needed. The more severe, the greater the risk potential. ...Read more

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Should I be around cats if I have copd?

Should I be around cats if I have copd?

Depends...: If you are allergic to cats you should avoid them since this can lead to bronchospasm and airway inflammation, causing a worsening of your symptoms. If you don't know whether you have a cat allergy, see your doctor since testing can be done and then advice can be more accurately given! ...Read more

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What's COPD and what are the stages of it?

COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a slowly progressive, incurable lung disease usually caused by smoking. There are treatments that control symptoms and smoking cessation is a necessary component of therapy. See your doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are some things that exacerbate copd?

What are some things that exacerbate copd?

Top Five: The top fice factors that can cause a COPD exacerbation include allergies, bacterial/viral infection, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and non compliance to medical regimen. There are others but these cover the majority. ...Read more

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Is COPD contagious?

Is COPD contagious?

No: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It has 2 common forms - emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The most common cause by far is smoking. Sometimes it can be caused by environmental exposures and uncommonly it can come from genetic factors. COPD is characterized by prolonged or difficult exhalation and when more severe can lead to low oxygen levels in the body. Don't smoke! ...Read more

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Can you died from copd?

Yes: It is true that you can die of copd. The leading cause of death however across all stages of the disease is coronary artery disease (ie heart attack). Most patients that die of COPD die of a complication such ad penumonia or pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for copd?

Is there a cure for copd?

No cure for COPD: Sorry, there is no cure for COPD. However, COPD can be treated to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for copd?

Is there any cure for copd?

No: At this time there is no cure. Lung transplant can be done and COPD will not return in the transplanted lung. If you have Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency you can give a patient back the missing enzyme through intravenous infusions. Otherwise smoking cessation is your best primary prevention. ...Read more

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Is there. A cure. For. Copd?

Is there. A cure. For. Copd?

No cure for COPD: Sorry, there is no cure for COPD. However, COPD can be treated to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is bronchiectasis like copd?

Is bronchiectasis like copd?

Different cause: Some symptoms like shortness of breath and sputum production are the same, but the disease is different. A history of pertussis or other serious deep lung infection is frequently the cause of bronchiectasis where the bronchial tubes are chronically infected and inflamed with breakdown of the wall of the bronchial tube. The diameter of the bronchi is enlarged and abnormal. ...Read more

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Is COPD worse than enphazyma?

Is COPD worse than enphazyma?

Same: COPD and emphysema are overlapping terms. Emphysema refers more to the anatomic changes in the lungs, and COPD is the disease you get from smoking and long term untreated asthma, among other things. ...Read more

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Can tuberculosis cause copd?

Can tuberculosis cause copd?

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 more

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Is spiriva the best for copd?

Effective drug: Spiriva is not necessarily the "best" because it is usual part of the regimen for many patients with copd. Spiriva has been shown to be very good at relieving a feature of COPD called "air trapping". That is patients on spirva can be shown to on average trap less air in the lung on pulmonary function testing. Air trapping correlates with shortness of breath, so this makes spiriva effective. ...Read more

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Can tuberculosis lead to copd?

Can tuberculosis lead to copd?

Not typically: Tuberculosis is an infection by a bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. It can causes scarring and enlargement of the airways. But, typically, it does not cause copd.

Smoking, far and away, is the greatest cause of copd. ...Read more

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Could weight gain affect copd?

Yes: Obesity has bad effects on the lungs. An obese person scores lower on lung tests looking at: the amount of air one can blow out in one second (measures how much obstruction to airflow one has), the total amount of air one can blow out in one breath (measures how much air one can exchange with one breath), and the total amount of air one's lungs can fill up with (measures the "size" of the lungs). ...Read more

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How do asthma and COPD differ?

How do asthma and COPD differ?

Asthma and COPD: Often the terms are used synonymously and there is clinical overlap. Nonetheless, asthma is considered reversible with treatment and COPD is not. Talk to your doctor about your situation. ...Read more

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Can COPD cause low hematocrit?

Can COPD cause low hematocrit?

COPD -Hematocrit: COPD typically either leaves hematocrit normal or increases it due to the severity of COPD causing low oxygen over the long run, making the red blood cells multiply to compensate for that. A low hematocrit is something seen either in several diagnoses of anemia or with old age along with other geriatric "disturbances". ...Read more

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Does copd cause Nail clubbing?

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

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Coconut water is good for copd?

Coconut water is good for copd?

There Is No Evidence: There is no evidence that coconut water can help patients with COPD in any way ...Read more

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How does asthma differ from COPD?

How does asthma differ from COPD?

Asthma vs COPD: There is significant overlap. COPD is usually less reversible and caused by scarring due to smoking in most cases, where asthma is often allergic in cause. New evidence suggests maybe the smokers who get COPD were people with mild undiagnosed asthma, and some asthma patients don't reverse well at all! Some patients carry a dual diagnosis, and the medications used are often the same. Good Question ...Read more

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Why does COPD patient crave salt?

Why does COPD patient crave salt?

They don't: Pt's with COPD have risk factors for infection or tumors. The COPD per se does not cause salt craving. If there are other things like tumor thee these can cause antidiutetic effect, dilution by too much water and sensed in the brain as hypoosmolality and salt craving. On the other hand some things from the lungs can go to the adrenal glands and these hormones can cause salt craving. ...Read more

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Is COPD related to cor pulmonale?

Yes: Cor pulmonale refers to failure of the right ventricle - the part of the heart that pumps blood to the lungs. COPD can result in cor pulmonale. This happens when COPD results in hypoxemia (low oxygen). When there is a low level of oxygen in the lungs, the blood vessels in the lungs contact more strongly. This high pressure applies stress to the right ventricle, causing it to fail. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed make COPD worse?

Does smoking weed make COPD worse?

The smoke itself: Inhaling particles in the smoke itself may contribute to COPD exacerbations and will probably irritate your lungs just like tobacco smoke. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more


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