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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Inherited Emphysema (Overview)

Inherited emphysema = alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency which can destroy lung tissue & cause difficulty breathing.


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What are the symptoms of inherited emphysema?

What are the symptoms of inherited emphysema?

Alpha one?: Are you referring to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency? If so, the symptoms are basically the same as copd, they just occur at a younger age than expected (like 20-30s). Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. If the person smokes, the disease is accelerated. Diagnosis is made via a blood test. Treatment includes enzyme replacement as well as usual COPD therapies. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
29 doctors shared insights

Inherited Emphysema (Overview)

Inherited emphysema = alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency which can destroy lung tissue & cause difficulty breathing.


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I want to know my options for treating inherited emphysema?

I want to know my options for treating inherited emphysema?

Pulmonary Medicine: Inherited emphysema may be caused by any one of several dozen different genetic conditions. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is one well known cause: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency. Your pulmonary doctor will be very familiar with these conditions, can diagnose the exact genetic cause, and will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. If you smoke, stop now. ...Read more

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Can inherited emphysema be prevented?

Can inherited emphysema be prevented?

Interited copd: Inherited means coded in your genetics so at the present time prevention is more trying to keep it from getting as bad as it could get, ie don't smoke, take care to get flu and pneumonia shots, and discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of inherited emphysema?

Alpha one?: Are you referring to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency? If so, the symptoms are basically the same as copd, they just occur at a younger age than expected (like 20-30s). Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. If the person smokes, the disease is accelerated. Diagnosis is made via a blood test. Treatment includes enzyme replacement as well as usual COPD therapies. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating inherited emphysema?

Pulmonary Medicine: Inherited emphysema may be caused by any one of several dozen different genetic conditions. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is one well known cause: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency. Your pulmonary doctor will be very familiar with these conditions, can diagnose the exact genetic cause, and will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. If you smoke, stop now. ...Read more

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How will inherited emphysema affect other parts of my health?

How will inherited emphysema affect other parts of my health?

"Inherited": Usually means susceptibility to emphysema due to lack of functional in the protein "alpha-1 trypsin inhibitor" (a1at). This is due to one of several possible mutations in the gene, and only some of those mutations are associated with liver disease. There are no other known genes for "inherited emphysema" that I am aware of, so i can't give you other questions to speak to your doctor about. ...Read more

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Can inherited emphysema be prevented?

Interited copd: Inherited means coded in your genetics so at the present time prevention is more trying to keep it from getting as bad as it could get, ie don't smoke, take care to get flu and pneumonia shots, and discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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Is emphysema inherited?

Is emphysema inherited?

Could be rarely: Most commonly it is from smoking. But some people have Alpha 1 antitruson deficiency they can get emphysema still smoking plays a major role. ...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?

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?

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?

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?

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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Is emphysema always fatal?

Is emphysema always fatal?

Emphysema: Severe emphysema in late stages can cause respiratory failure.Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. http://patient.info/health/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-leaflet ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

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