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Is Emphysema Fatal
Hmmm...: Emphysema is a chronic lung disease. That means it can get worse over time, and eventually, one can die from it. Another way to look at it is: emphysema is always fatal if you don't die of something else first, and likewise, emphysema is never fatal if something else kills you first. Thus, there is no good answer for such a question... but, be safe... never smoke anything. ...Read more
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
Yes: There are stages in copd, not directly related to death but more to disability - for example in severe COPD you are more likely to require home oxygen and be limited in your activities of daily living. I use these mostly to scare my patients into quitting smoking, because that one decision can greatly impact their lives for the better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
While in Use: Of course it's dangerous while it's actively being deployed. It's a mild respiratory irritant and the gas itself is, in high concentration, fatal. Moral of the story: we do not stay in houses with fumigation tents over them. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Emphysema is also known as COPD. 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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