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Doctor insights on: Inherited Emphysema In Children

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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

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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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: Inherited emphysema?

What is the definition or description of: Inherited emphysema?

Inherited emphysema: Inherited emphysema = alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency which can destroy lung tissue & cause difficulty breathing. ...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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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 affect small children?

Can emphysema affect small children?

Yes: 3% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can have interstitial pulmonary emphysema. There is a genetic condition that causes low levels of an enzyme that protects the lungs, and these patients can get emphysema even without smoking, but it does not affect small children. (it might be apparent in their 30's or 40's). Thanks @yayayarndiva. ...Read more

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What is the cause of emphysema in men?

Smoking: Smoking, smoking and smoking. Then there are genetic causes like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and rarely occupational exposures. In some parts of the world open pit charcoal burning can cause emphysema. ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of emphysema?

What can be initial signs of emphysema?

Emphysema: The elasticity of the lung is impaired in emphysema reducing the patient's ability to exhale resulting in wheezing and shortness of breath. Early symptoms may also include daily cough particularly in the morning. Recurrent episodes of bronchitis can occur as the disease progresses. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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Ok I've got emphysema. What should I do?

Ok I've got emphysema. What should I do?

Stop smoking: If you smoke, stop now. There are many medications which help reduce the symptoms of emphysema (copd). You should consult with your doctor about which regimens are appropriate for you. You may require supplemental oxygen. Pulmonary rehab programs are very helpful. Stay away from other smokers and dusty environments. ...Read more

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Are there any pills that help emphysema?

Are there any pills that help emphysema?

Yes: The best medications for emphysema, or copd, are inhaled; however, there is a newly approved oral medication called Daliresp (roflumilast) that has been shown to decrease the number of COPD flares. This won't work when you are wheezing or short of breath, but it should reduce the number of flares you have by about 15%. Talk to your doctor to see if this is a good option for you. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of emphysema?

Usual symptoms...: Usual symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath, decreased blood oxygen level, decreased appetite, decreased ability to sleep, decreased activity level, cough, wheezing, weight loss, etc. The diagnosis is made by seeing chronic obstruction on pulmonary function tests, which can occur without any symptoms. ...Read more

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How should I help my husband's emphysema?

How should I help my husband's emphysema?

Stop smoking: First remove the cause by stopping smoking. Get on medications that improve breathing. Keep clear of second hand smoke and dusty environments. Wash your hands frequently to prevent infection and make sure he gets his vaccines. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Emphysema?

Emphysema: Emphysema = irreversible chronic respiratory disease
with abnormal enlargement of alveoli (air sacs) which impairs lung function. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the implications of having emphysema?

Emphysema: The elasticity of the lung is impaired in emphysema reducing the patient's ability to exhale resulting in wheezing and shortness of breath. Severe emphysema can also cause low oxygen levels, heart failure, and death. ...Read more

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I have c.O.P.D. How do I tell if it's emphysema or not?

On a CT scan: The best way to tell if you have emphysema is to get a cat scan of the lungs. That way, you can see the destruction of the lung tissue.

That said, I'm not sure it is absolutely necessary to find out if you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis (the two components of copd). The treatments are basically the same.

Save yourself the radiation exposure... ...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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Does smoking cause emphysema?

Does smoking cause emphysema?

Definately: Smoking is the number one risk factor for the development of emphysema. Other risks include family history, a genetic predisposition (such as Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency) and occupational exposure (usually related to dusts). If you have no desire to develop emphysema do not smoke. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for emphysema?

Is there a cure for emphysema?

No...: Empysema, a form of copd, is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. There are effective treatments but no cure. Smoking cessation can prevent it from developing and slow progression, if already present. ...Read more

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Can cigarettes cause emphysema?

Can cigarettes cause emphysema?

It IS the result...: Emphysema is one of the main results of cigarette smoking. Emphysema is the destruction of lung tissue from smoking.

Cigarette smoking is the #1 cause of emphysema. That's why, you should quit asap. It definitely can cause emphysema (and a whole host of other bad stuff). ...Read more

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Does smoking affect my emphysema?

Causes emphysema!: I completely agree with dr ferranti's answer. The only thing I will add is that smoking is the number one cause of emphysema/copd. It is never too late to stop. While the damage does not reverse, the rate of damage returns to a more normal level of expected decline. Stopping at any time can add years to life and maybe delay disability. Please stop! ...Read more

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How to treat soft tissue emphysema?

Treat the cause: Soft tissue emphysema can occur from gas gangrene or from pneumothorax or rupture of a hollow organ (ie bowel). Thus it's always a very serious occurrence. The underlying pathology must be addressed. ...Read more

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Is COPD the same thing as emphysema?

Category...: Emphysema is a type of copd. There are also other types of copd, like chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

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Inherited Emphysema (Definition)

Inherited emphysema = alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency which can destroy lung tissue ...Read more


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Emphysema (Definition)

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