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Is pulmonary emphysema deadly?

Is pulmonary emphysema deadly?

Yes: Depending upon severity and other comorbodities.

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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Is COPD life threatening?

Is COPD life threatening?

Can be...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease and, over many years, the damage in the lungs increases and eventually can be life-threatening. The progression can be slowed further via smoking cessation and supplemental oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to qualify. ...Read more

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How deadly is MRSA for an elder male in end stage COPD who is refusing to treat the mrsa?

How deadly is MRSA for an elder male in end stage COPD who is refusing to treat the mrsa?

Not good: Untreated MRSA in anyone can be fatal, wherever the sour e. In someone with end stage lung disease, survival will be worse yet. ...Read more

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No immune sys due to MG & meds. Grandma in hospital again &dr said she has MRSA! Anyway family can visit? Is this deadly? She also has COPD& never smo

No immune sys due to MG & meds. Grandma in hospital again &dr said she has MRSA! Anyway family can visit? Is this deadly? She also has COPD& never smo

Mgt: MRSA is a serious infection and precautions such as avoiding skin contact is suggested. Since her hospital physicians are aware that she has MRSA, she undoubtedly is being treated. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

What is emphysema?

Lung damage: Destruction of lung tissue from exposure to cigarette smoke. As more lung tissue is destroyed, shortness of breath gets worse, and ultimately the lungs cannot do their job, and the body gets starved of oxygen. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

What is emphysema?

Breakdown of walls: Of the small air pouches in your lung, called alveoli. When the walls become damaged, the alveoli merge into one larger pouch, decreasing the surface area where gas exchange can occur. Think of this by comparing the surface area of a ballon of equal size to a bunch of grapes. Though individually smaller, there are many grapes in the same volume, so more surface area. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

What is emphysema?

Definition...: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by cigarette smoking which damages the lungs leading to this disease. It is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Once present, treatments are aimed at reducing symptoms and insuring that there is enough oxygen in the body to support it. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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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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Consequences of emphysema?

Progressive...: Emphysema is a progressive disease and it progresses faster if smoking is continued. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, cough sometimes productive of sputum, decreased oxygen level with increased carbon dioxide level, etc. With progression, the signs and symptoms worsen. COPD can lead to death so smoking cessation is necessary to slow progression. The patient should see doc for therapy. ...Read more

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Is emphysema curable?

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?

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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Mortality rate for severe emphysema?

Mortality rate for severe emphysema?

Not good: I personally feel the suffering from from emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) is worse than death from it--feeling winded all the time, can't do much once it is severe/oxygen dependent; u really suffer with a simple cold, flu. Your life is so limited with severe illness. People can live on for yrs, but quality of life not so good. So, quit smoking. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does less stress help heal emphysema?

No: Can however help breathelessness b/c anxiety can increase minute ventilation. ...Read more

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Is emphysema common in a 22 year old?

Nope: If you have this as a 22 year old, you need to look toward a (treatable) condition called alpha-1 antitrypsin disease, and consult a pulmonary expert. ...Read more

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What are histoplasmosis and emphysema?

What are histoplasmosis and emphysema?

Histoplasmosis is...: A fungal infection that can affect the lungs and can be found in the usa in the upper mississippi and ohio river valleys. Emphysema is a chronic lung disease often caused by smoking which is also called copd. People with emphysema are more likely to be chronically infected with histo. ...Read more

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Classic signs and symptoms of emphysema?

Classic signs...: Classic signs and symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, cough (often with sputum production), decreased or increased sleep, decreased appetite, weight loss or weight gain (especially with fluid retention), decreased oxygen level in blood, decreased activity level, etc. The diagnosis is made by seeing chronic obstruction on pulmonary function testing, which can occur without any symptoms. ...Read more

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How are old people tested for emphysema?

Same for all: Everyone, regardless of age, is tested the same way for emphysema: either a lung function test or a ct scan of the chest.

A lung function test is a series of breathing maneuvers that can test whether you have the findings of emphysema, which is a blockage of air exit from the lungs. Basically, patients with COPD can't blow all the air out of the lungs due to inflammation and destroyed lung. ...Read more

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Is asbestos related to getting emphysema?

No: Asbestos exposure is typically associated with the development of fibrosis (scarring) of the lung, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and pleural disease (disease of the lining of the lung). Although asbestos exposure has not been directly linked to the development of emphysema or copd, it may be one of the factors that contributes to the development of the condition, especially in those who smoke. ...Read more

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What is emphysema prognosis 80 years old?

What is emphysema prognosis 80 years old?

Depends...: It depends on the severity of the copd. If the COPD is well-controlled and is not severe enough to affect physical functioning, the patient may actually die of some other cause. If, however, the COPD is end-stage, then the prognosis is much worse. Your doctor can tell you the severity of the COPD so you have a better idea of prognosis in the individual case. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does bronchiecstasis turn into emphysema?

Does bronchiecstasis turn into emphysema?

No, but: They can coexist. Emphysema is the term used to describe damaged airspaces seen radiologically on ct scan. Bronchiectasis is the term used to describe terminal enlargement of the airways seen radiologically. One is an airspace disorder, the other is an airway disorder. ...Read more

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Can very early stage emphysema be treated?

Yes...: Treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as treating infections early and aggressively. Smoking cessation at this stage is critical to decrease airway inflammation and slow disease progression. If your blood oxygen level is low enough, supplemental oxygen is prescribed. ...Read more

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Was emphysema really due to tobacco smoke?

Yes: In the us the vast majority of emphasema patients have a smoking history (even pt with alpha1-antitypsin def - genetic disorder that causes emphasa, frequently only need treatment if they are also smokers). In the developing world many also develop emphasema from chronic exposure to biofuels ie. Coal/wood fire cooking in the home or industrially. ...Read more

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Will COPD necessarily progress to emphysema?

Emphysema is a COPD: COPD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) is a group of diseases that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The disease names do not indicate severity. ...Read more

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Is emphysema contagious and can be acquired?

Not contagious: It is acquired by smoking or exposure to biomass fuel exposure. Rarely, it can be inherited as alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, a condition which leads to imbalance between enzymes that break down tissue. ...Read more

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What type of inhalers are best for emphysema?

What type of inhalers are best for emphysema?

Depends...: You should discuss this with your pulmonologist who can direct you to which inhaler is going to be best for you. There are many to pick from. ...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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If my skin is turning blue, is this emphysema?

If my skin is turning blue, is this emphysema?

Heart, lung or other: If your lips and nail beds turn blue, you may be having problems getting enough oxygen from your lungs, or blood circulated properly. If it is one limb that is turning blue, then ou may have a problem with the circulation to that limb. Either way, if this is suddenly new, you need medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Can smoking be the only way you get emphysema?

Can smoking be the only way you get emphysema?

Emphysema.: The main cause of emphysema is cigarette smoking, but certain medical conditions, occupational or environmental exposures, and even second hand smoke can cause it. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

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