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What is end stage emphysema?

What is end stage emphysema?

Chronic Lung Disease: Emphysema is a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are different classifications of COPD. End stage could refer to you needing to use daily medications in order to relieve symptoms of shortness of breath. This could also mean needing to use oxygen. If a physician has mentioned "end stage" it is worth visiting with a lung specialist called a Pulmonologist. ...Read more

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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I stopped smoking five months ago due to emphysema of the upper lungs. Why does my breathing seem to be getting worse?

I stopped smoking five months ago due to emphysema of the upper lungs. Why does my breathing seem to be getting worse?

Worsening copd?: Patients have told me that they experience cough for a few weeks after they quit smoking. It is not common for that to last for more then 1-2 months. It is possible that COPD is worsening or there is something else going on. Recommend following up with your physician. ...Read more

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What to do if my 85 year old mother has end stage COPD and emphysema. She is breathing 28 times per minute?

What to do if my 85 year old mother has end stage COPD and emphysema. She is breathing 28 times per minute?

COPD: Breathing 28 times a minute suggests she's not getting enough oxygen or has other problems. You should check with her doctor to see if anything can be done. ...Read more

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My right hand went numb and stopped working. My fingers were pulsating to my heartbeat. I can control my hand now but it"s numb, female 61 with emphysema

My right hand went numb and stopped working. My fingers were pulsating to my heartbeat. I can control my hand now but it"s numb, female 61 with emphysema

Women : Women can have atypical signs of a heart attack, such as nausea, heartburn, and numbness and tingling. While we think of left arm pain in association with a heart attack, right hand numbness can occur as well. Another serious condition would be a stroke. I will take the leap and assume you are/were a smoker. That would put you at risk for heart attacks and strokes. You should see someone immediately to be sure it is not life-threatening. If it is not something life-threatening, then it can be a blockage in the blood vessels or a nerve problem. These can also be quite serious and need to be evaluated right away. ...Read more

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My mum has emphysema, is 66, can't walk far, stopped smoking 5 years ago and very short of breath. Could she have a lung transplant to save her life?

Evaluation...: In order to determine if your mother qualifies for a lung transplant, she would need to be evaluated at a transplant center. This could be done once her doctor thinks she may qualify. There are strict qualifications for transplant given the relative shortage of available organs. Meantime, her treatment can be optimized by a lung doctor to decrease symptoms as much as possible. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

What is emphysema?

Lung damage: Destruction of lung tissue from exposure to cigarette smoke. As more lung tissue is destroyed, shortness of breath gets worse, and ultimately the lungs cannot do their job, and the body gets starved of oxygen. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

Breakdown of walls: Of the small air pouches in your lung, called alveoli. When the walls become damaged, the alveoli merge into one larger pouch, decreasing the surface area where gas exchange can occur. Think of this by comparing the surface area of a ballon of equal size to a bunch of grapes. Though individually smaller, there are many grapes in the same volume, so more surface area. ...Read more

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What is emphysema ?

What is emphysema ?

Definition...: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by cigarette smoking which damages the lungs leading to this disease. It is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Once present, treatments are aimed at reducing symptoms and insuring that there is enough oxygen in the body to support it. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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