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Is there any connection between asbestos and emphysema?

Is there any connection between asbestos and emphysema?

Not known: Asbestos is a natural fiber found in few places in the world. It is well known due its repellant properties agains fire & hot temperature. It was used in cloth, construction & ships. Still use on car brake system. It causes asbestosis a fibrotic condition of the lungs & mesothelial carcinoma acancer on the pleura. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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 asbestos related to getting emphysema?

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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I have a friend who was diagnose with a touch of asbestos and emphysema, what is the best care can he get.

I have a friend who was diagnose with a touch of asbestos and emphysema, what is the best care can he get.

Emphysema: He should be under supervision of a lung specialist. In addition to the treatment of emphysema he has to be monitored for lung cancer. Asbestos may cause lung cancer (mesothelioma). ...Read more

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Can asbestos exposure cause or contribute to copd, how are tobacco use and ptsd connected? This is for my late husband and a benefits claim

Can asbestos exposure cause or contribute to copd, how are tobacco use and ptsd connected? This is for my late husband and a benefits claim

Hello. : Hello. Asbestos exposure does not cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). However if a person is exposed to asbestos it can increase their risk of developing copd. I don't believe that tobacco use and ptsd are necessarily connected. ...Read more

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Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Yes: As long as your o2 sats stay at 90% or above, your cells will get plenty of oxygen, and you can exercise safely on oxygen. There is very little increased benefit with o2 sats greater than 90%. The key is to stay above 90%. ...Read more

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I have a relative suffering from emphysema, there’s no effective drugs in China.whether the US have more advanced and effective treatment or drugs?

I have a relative suffering from emphysema, there’s no effective drugs in China.whether the US have more advanced and effective treatment or drugs?

Depends: Good evening, Treatment of emphysema is varied and depends on the severity of the disease. Treatment may include just an inhaled bronchodilator, and escalate to include inhaled and oral steroids. At the most advanced stages there are quite a few agents, including supplemental oxygen. You may need to first determine the stage of your loved ones disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is end stage emphysema?

What is end stage emphysema?

Chronic Lung Disease: Emphysema is a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are different classifications of COPD. End stage could refer to you needing to use daily medications in order to relieve symptoms of shortness of breath. This could also mean needing to use oxygen. If a physician has mentioned "end stage" it is worth visiting with a lung specialist called a Pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Does emphysema have a real effect?

Um?: What? Real effect? Yes. Google "emphysema lung" for all the pictures and microscope slides you need. ...Read more

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Can you tell me all about emphysema?

Can you tell me all about emphysema?

Good resource: Check this out from the american lung association: http://www.Lung.Org/lung-disease/emphysema/. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about emphysema at age 19/20?

COPD...: There is a form of COPD which can occur at a younger age. It is called alpha-1-antitrypsin disorder. It is caused by an enzyme deficiency and treatment includes enzyme replacement therapy. It is diagnosed with a blood test. See your doctor, or a lung doctor, for diagnosis and treatment if this disorder is suspected. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of emphysema?

Please explain what are some symptoms of emphysema?

Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. This leads to shortness of breath and chronic productive cough. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. ...Read more

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Is it normal to perpzire @ night when you have emphysema?

Is it normal to perpzire @ night when you have emphysema?

Yes: Lying down causes the airway to narrow further and decrease flow. The body attempts to improve the flow by releasing Epinephrine which may result in sweats. Also low oxygen can result from decresed flow as well as possible sleep apnea which is increased in pts with emphysema. Treatment can include oxygen, bronchodilators and possible CPAP or bipap device. ...Read more

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What does it feel like being in advanced stages of emphysema?

What does it feel like being in advanced stages of emphysema?

Shortness of breath: Usually, the advanced stages of emphysema are associated with shortness of breath, even at rest. Sometimes cough, chest tightness, wheezing. Many times people require oxygen. It is quite uncomfortable. I hope you never reach that stage. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting emphysema if you have not smoked in 30 years?

What are the chances of getting emphysema if you have not smoked in 30 years?

Limited: But the answer is more related to how many packs a day and for how many years you smoked (packs x years), also related to individual genetic factors. If you have cough or shortness of breath, see your doctor for a spirometry (breathing test). The test is quick and simple. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting emphysema if the person did not smoke for 30 years?

Low but not zero: While tobacco is the leading cause of emphysema, its not the only. If you quite smoking for 30 years and have healthy lungs, they are likely to stay that way. ...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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Dr. Beatrice Taylor
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Asbestos (Definition)

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

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