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Doctor insights on: Emphysema And Coughing Up Lung Tissue

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Does a person in the final stages of emphysema ever cough up lung tissue?

Does a person in the final stages of emphysema ever cough up lung tissue?

No: That doesn't happen. Patients may cough up mucus/phlegm but not really lung tissue. Lung cancer patients, on the other hand, may cough up blood or little pieces of their cancer if that is in their airways, same with throat/head and neck cancer. ...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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Are my lungs tissues destroyed with emphysema?

Yes: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often due to smoking. And once the tissue is gone, it is gone, unfortunately. So, if you are smoking, stop. ...Read more

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I have asthma and COPD what could cause my lower part of my left lung to hurt when I cough?

I have asthma and COPD what could cause my lower part of my left lung to hurt when I cough?

Neither: However if you have had some violent coughing spells or severe asthma attacks, you might have sprained some of the muscles on the rib cage. Inflammation of the lung lining at that site may also cause pain when coughing. If NSAIDs does not help or the pain gets worse, you would need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have COPD and had mersa in both lungs 10/03/11. I have not been sick since , however i work in a pharmacy and have developed a severe cough . I puke.?

I have COPD and had mersa in both lungs 10/03/11. I have not been sick since , however i work in a pharmacy and have developed a severe cough . I puke.?

ABECB: Acut bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (abecb) is a possible diagnosis. COPD exacerbation may occur a few times each year. Other aggravating conditions such as gerd should be considered. Youalso need sputum tests and a ct chest. ...Read more

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Fever bet 101 & 103 for 2 day cough very bad stomach hurtsfrom coughing pain / sore back lung area. Coughing makes pain worse. I Have COPD n asthma.

Fever bet 101 & 103 for 2 day cough very bad stomach hurtsfrom coughing pain / sore back lung area. Coughing makes pain worse. I Have COPD n asthma.

You definitely need: to be examined by your doctor. This may be a virus, even the flu, but you should be checked for pneumonia/bronchitis. Since you have COPD and asthma, it is even more important that you get examined so that you can be treated properly. ...Read more

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Why does emphysema keep progressing even if you stop exposing your lungs to irritants such as tobacco smoke?

Why does emphysema keep progressing even if you stop exposing your lungs to irritants such as tobacco smoke?

I don't imagine you: are talking about yourself, at least I hope not at 22 y.o. Lung function diminishes with age, and even more so in smokers. If a smoker with emphysema stops smoking, the lung function will stabilize, but depending on their age, it will deteriorate as they get older, particularly if there is a lot of air pollution, environmental exposure to other toxins, or a hereditary predisposition to emphysema ...Read more

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What happens if you have emphysema, can you still use nicotine inhalers or does this still damage your lungs?

What happens if you have emphysema, can you still use nicotine inhalers or does this still damage your lungs?

No: although you may have more trouble with cough after using the inhaler. It is NOT nicotine that causes damage to the lungs, it is the other substances in tobacco smoke - "tars" are organic compunds produced by tobacco combustion, plus things like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and many other additives, flavorings, preservatives etc. I would recommend the nicotine lozenges instead to avoid cough. ...Read more

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Whats the lung condition cure rate for a 74 year old man who has emphysema?

Whats the lung condition cure rate for a 74 year old man who has emphysema?

No cure: There is no "cure" for emphysema. The damage that is done is permanent, but with attention to smoking cessation, and treatment ( inhaled medicine to breath easier, vaccination against pneumonia and flu, treatment of infections that involve the lung, etc..) most patients can live with the disease for many years and have symptoms controlled and quality of life improved. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more