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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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How long can someone expect to live with emphysema lung disease without treatment?

How long can someone expect to live with emphysema lung disease without treatment?

Depends on how bad: That depends a lot on how severe the emphysema is, whether you are still smoking, whether you have symptoms of shortness of breath or coughing or wheezing, etc. Some people do just fine without treatment. Others, depending on the above factors, definitely need treatment. There are great treatments for emphysema, and they can help you feel better and breathe better. ...Read more

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My lungs are damaged from cancer treatment 12 years ago, Been smoking cigs for 9, my asthma treatment has not been helping lately could it be copd?

My lungs are damaged from cancer treatment 12 years ago, Been smoking cigs for 9, my asthma treatment has not been helping lately could it be copd?

Could certainly be.: Smoking when you have lungs that are already chronically damaged is simply careless. Smoking after having had cancer at such a young age is even more careless. You're inviting a future of medical hardship, pure and simple. Stop smoking. You will notice in time that your "asthma" will be more responsive to treatment. ...Read more

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What is the longest time you can live with stage 111 lung cancer and no treatment. Had a lobectomy in April this year. Also have COPD too. ?

What is the longest time you can live with stage 111 lung cancer and no treatment. Had a lobectomy in April this year. Also have COPD too. ?

God only knows: That is a question that no doctor or anyone else can answer for you. There are averages but the best thing is to speak to your oncologist. Also read DrAtul Gwande's book "Being Mortal". ...Read more

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Are my lungs inflamed when I have emphysema?

Are my lungs inflamed when I have emphysema?

No: In emphysema inflammation is practically non existent as opposed to chronic bronchitis where inflammation results in chronic mucus production. ...Read more

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Emphysema both lungs...What should I do?

Stop smoking: If you smoke, you must quit asap. See your provider to get lung function tests and start on medications to make your breathing easier. Get the pneumonia and influenza vaccines. See about a pulmonary rehab program if breathing is interfering with normal activity. ...Read more

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What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

Not pretty: Emphysema lungs are large and have many distended air sacks. It is commonly called "smokers lung" and the lungs look as in the picture. Sarcoidosis, though, rarely can have "emphysematous changes", . For the most part, it is associated with scarring of the lungs as well as large lymph nodes in between the lungs. ...Read more

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What do the lungs look like when a patient has emphysema?

What do the lungs look like when a patient has emphysema?

Depends on severity: Autopsy specimen of patients with advanced emphysema shows blackened lungs with punch out holes, like swiss cheese because of destruction of lung parenchyma and large holes formation because of collapse of lung alveoli and formation of blebs and bullous cavity. However, this is the end stage disease. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why decreased lung compliance is seen in emphysema?

Can you please explain why decreased lung compliance is seen in emphysema?

Other way around: Actually, lung compliance in increased in emphysema. Compliance of the lung is how "stretchy" the lung is. The more compliant the lung is, the more "stretchy" it is. In emphysema, the lung has been destroyed by smoking (most often), and thus it is more "stretchy" and can fill with air more easily. Conditions which cause decreased lung compliance include fibrosis (scarring) and heart failure. ...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

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


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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