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Doctor insights on: Emphysema Vs Chronic Bronchitis

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Is chronic bronchitis fatal?

Is chronic bronchitis fatal?

Progressive...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and it is slowly progressive. Treatments that can slow disease progression include smoking cessation and oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low enough to qualify. It can be fatal but progression can be slowed with treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

COPD...: Both are forms of COPD so both are chronic, incurable diseases typically caused by smoking. Emphysema patients have shortness of breath as the primary symptom whereas chronic bronchitis patients have a chronic cough productive of sputum. Both are slowly progressive but treatment will decrease symptoms. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between having chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Whats the difference between having chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Different symptoms: While chronic lung disease can have both these components one will usually dominate the picture - bronchitics will have lots of trouble with infections and mucus clearing and cough - emphamatous folk will have more shortness of breath/discomfort, and are more likely to have barrel chests, retain carbon dioxide and need oxygen therapy. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema outcome?

Whats the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema outcome?

Varies: Both chronic bronchitis and emphysema are chronic, progressive diseases that respond favorably to smoking cessation. However, how an individual sufferer will do is best predicted by knowing family and smoking history, severity of the lung disease, how the disease has affected th heart, the patients overall conditioning, etc. ...Read more

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Do I have emphysema and or chronic bronchitis, or is there no difference?

Do I have emphysema and or chronic bronchitis, or is there no difference?

Difference...: Both diseases are forms of COPD but they are quite different. Chronic bronchitis has a chronic productive cough whereas emphysema patients tend to not produce as much sputum. See your doctor who will be able to diagnose which one you have, if any. Both diseases are caused usually by smoking. ...Read more

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How are the disease emphysema and chronic bronchitis fatal?

How are the disease emphysema and chronic bronchitis fatal?

Respiratory failure: The lungs eventually lose so much function that they can't support normal metabolic processes and supply oxygen which is one of the fuels the body runs on. ...Read more

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Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

COPD Emphysema: Treatment consists of smoking cessation, bronchodilators, steroids, pulmonary rehab, oxygen therapy, management of exacerbation and surgery in selected cases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the 2 types of COPD(chronic bronchitis and emphysema)? And which is worse?

What is the difference between the 2 types of COPD(chronic bronchitis and emphysema)? And which is worse?

There isn't any: in practice, although there are in theory. PURE emphysema involves only the small air sacs, which become less capable of diffusing oxygen into the bloodstream and clearing carbon dioxide, enlarge and coalesce with othrs. Pure bronchitis inflames and narrows the smaller air passages so that oxygen/CO2 can't get through. Most patients have BOTH of these processes, though one may predominate.Both bad ...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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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