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How long can emphysema last?

How long can emphysema last?

Life long: Once you have emphysema, it will always be there. Once you lose lung tissue, it is gone forever. That doesn't mean life is over...There are very good treatments, and people with emphysema can life full, productive lives. Best thing is to stop smoking and see a doctor to get treated. ...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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How long does emphysema take to occur?

Depends...: The time it takes to develop COPD depends on many factors including genetic factors and the amount of cigarettes smoked over time. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke increases your risk of developing this disease. Smoking cessation decreases the risk of developing this disease. ...Read more

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Is emphysema a long term or short term disease?

Is emphysema a long term or short term disease?

Life-long...: COPD is a chronic, incurable and slowly progressive disease. Once a patient has this disease, they will have it for the rest of their lives. ...Read more

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How long can a person in the advanced stages of emphysema expect to live?

How long can a person in the advanced stages of emphysema expect to live?

COPD: A person with advanced emphysema can expect to live a long time, but their prognosis isn't that good. Must exert every effort to take care of self because a bout of influenza or pneumonia of another kind could be a quick exit. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i smoked heavily for a long time, can it lead to emphysema?

Can you tell me if i smoked heavily for a long time, can it lead to emphysema?

ABSOLUTELY: Yes, you may have it already. Please quit and have yourself evaluated by your doctor. It is never too late to quit! ...Read more

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Why do people have prolonged expiration in emphysema?

Why do people have prolonged expiration in emphysema?

Destruction of lung: When the lung gets destroyed from smoking in emphysema, they act like a plastic bag. Thus it is easy to inflate, but hard to deflate. Thus, it takes a lot longer to blow all the air out. That is why there is prolonged expiration in emphysema. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with both emphysema and "organising pneumonia". How long do I have left on this world?

Not able to say: I cannot answer your question based on the info given. How bad is your copd? How bad is your pneumonia? What is the cause? Do you smoke?..... A zillion questions. ...Read more

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I have smoked for 5 years and its been 8 months since my last cigarette. i am 22 now. is it possible that i could have emphysema/copd?

I have smoked for 5 years and its been 8 months since my last cigarette. i am 22 now. is it possible that i could have emphysema/copd?

Unlikely: It all depends if you have trouble in breathing and have any signs of bronchitis .It would help to get a pulmonary as baseline function test ...Read more

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For how long does it take for subcutaneous emphysema to be absorbed?

Depends: Small ones and immediately treated can resorb in a few hours. If the source such as pneumothorax was large or is continuing, then it may take several days or weeks. ...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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