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Is there any connection between asbestos and emphysema?

Is there any connection between asbestos and emphysema?

Yes, if a smoker: Asbestos exposure can cause a lung scarring condition called "asbestosis, " which is different from emphysema. But, many times, those who have been exposed to asbestos have also smoked, and so they can end up getting emphysema. But, the two are not necessarily connected. ...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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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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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

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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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