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How are bronchiectasis and emphysema different?

How are bronchiectasis and emphysema different?

Copd bronchiectasis: In emphysema the damage is in the alveoli in bronchiiectasis is in the small airways. ...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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Does bronchiecstasis turn into emphysema?

Does bronchiecstasis turn into emphysema?

No , but : They can coexist. Emphysema is the term used to describe damaged airspaces seen radiologically on ct scan. Bronchiectasis is the term used to describe terminal enlargement of the airways seen radiologically . One is an airspace disorder, the other is an airway disorder. ...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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What's the differance in bronchiectasis vs asthma COPD emphasima. What there similarities between the other disease's. I can't stop coughing at night?

What's the differance in bronchiectasis vs asthma COPD emphasima. What there similarities between the other disease's. I can't stop coughing at night?

Complicated: Bronchiectasis is due to chronic infection damaging the ends of bronchioles and creating a haven for chronic infection. Asthma is due to reactive airway disease making it difficult to get air out. COPD is a complex process and can involve emphysema and brochiectasis. See your doctor to figure out why you are coughing. Without more info cannot diagnose this. ...Read more

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. How to control heart rate in COPD bronchiectasis patient. Pulse 145. plz suggest a drug. ?

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. How to control heart rate in COPD bronchiectasis patient. Pulse 145. plz suggest a drug. ?

High pulse rate: or tachycardia could be caused by Albuterol inhalation. If so, you may change this to Ipratropium and/or inhaled steroids. Please discuss with your provider the side effects of your medications. ...Read more

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Is bronciectasis a type of copd? If its in lower lobe thanks

Is bronciectasis a type of copd? If its in lower lobe
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Not exactly: Bronchiectasis is an abnormal dilation in the airway or bronchi, and can be the result of chronic or severe lung infections, aspiration, diseases like cystic fibrosis and other problems. In can be associated with airway obstruction and symptoms similar to copd, so the diseases while different overlap and share many features. ...Read more

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I ve bronciectasis, its in lower lobe, does this mean its a form of copd?

I ve bronciectasis,   its in lower lobe, does this mean its a form of copd?

No: Bronchiectasis is its own disease. What is important to find out is why you have this. Recurrent infection/irritation is the usual cause, but cystic fibrosis, mac, and other causes should be explored. Bronchiectasis is a chronic dilation and mucus collection in the bronchi. There is no direct cure, but airway clearance techniques plus treating the cause will help. ...Read more

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I ve bronciectasis, and regularly suffer with sore throats, is there a link or is sore throat caused by bronciectasis? Also, am i a COPD patient now

I ve  bronciectasis, and regularly suffer with sore throats, is there a link or is sore throat caused by bronciectasis? Also,  am i a COPD patient now

See a pulmonologist: Your sore throat may be of many possible causes. You may be having acid reflux, may have infection extending from the tracheobronchial tree, or one of multiple other causes. Go and get this diagnosed and treated appropriately, and hope you do not smoke. ...Read more

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Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Yes: As long as your o2 sats stay at 90% or above, your cells will get plenty of oxygen, and you can exercise safely on oxygen. There is very little increased benefit with o2 sats greater than 90%. The key is to stay above 90%. ...Read more

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I have a relative suffering from emphysema, there’s no effective drugs in China.whether the US have more advanced and effective treatment or drugs?

Depends: Good evening, Treatment of emphysema is varied and depends on the severity of the disease. Treatment may include just an inhaled bronchodilator, and escalate to include inhaled and oral steroids. At the most advanced stages there are quite a few agents, including supplemental oxygen. You may need to first determine the stage of your loved ones disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can emphysema be cured?

Can emphysema be cured?

No: Emphysema is, by definition, a disease characterized by irreversible damage to the lungs. However, there are all degrees of emphysema and the goal of therapy is to ameliorate symptoms, treat complications, and prevent or slow progression. ...Read more

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What is done for emphysema?

What is done for  emphysema?

Smoking Cessation: The most important thing is to stop the cause, which in the vast majority of cases is smoking-related. Thereafter, treatment focuses on keeping the airways open with medications. There is less room in the lungs (even though they're bigger) for gas exchange, so many of these patients require supplemental oxygen. ...Read more

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How can I have gotten emphysema?

How can I have gotten emphysema?

Possibilities...: Most of the time, COPD is caused by smoking, if you are a non-smoker, there are environmental exposures that can contribute so what type of work you do may be relevant. There is also a form of COPD, alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency. This can be diagnosed via a blood test and the enzyme can be replaced so the disease won't progress further. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is emphysema?

What sort of disorder is emphysema?

COPD: Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). It is characterized by chronic obstruction in the airways usually due to smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. The diagnosis is made by an evaluation by a doctor as well as pulmonary function tests. There are treatments available. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further lung damage. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of emphysema?

What are the symptoms of emphysema?

Shortness of breath: Typically emphysema causes shortness of breath without wheezing or congestion - just air hunger. There are many causes of this symptom however so testing is required for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is emphysema common for nonsmokers?

Is emphysema common for nonsmokers?

No: However, if some one has a genetic predisposition to emphysema, such as alpha-1-antitrypsin disease, then they can develop emphysema. Also, people who are exposed to second hand smoke on a chronic basis can develop emphysema. ...Read more

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What are other effects of emphysema?

What are other effects of emphysema?

Breathlessness: Shortness of breath is number 1, but weight loss, susceptibility to infection, and cardiac disease are also possible. ...Read more

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How come I have emphysema, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have emphysema, but nobody else in the family has it?

Tobacco?: If you smoke, used to smoke, or are exposed to significant second hand smoke, you've got your answer. Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency causes emyphysema in non-smokers but is generally inherited. However, you could be an exception. ...Read more

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Is emphysema curable?

No...: Empysema, a form of COPD typically due to smoking, is not curable. It is a slowly progressive disease. The best way to prevent this is to avoid smoking and/or to quit asap if you already smoke. ...Read more

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Is emphysema contagious?

No...: Emphysema is a form of copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by smoking and it is not contagious. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sanders
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Bronchiectasis (Definition)

Widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

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