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What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

COPD...: COPD is a disease characterized by the presence of chronic, irreversible airway obstruction as measured by pulmonary function testing. The disease is incurable but there are treatments available so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The most important treatment is smoking cessation since smoking is the main etiology of this disease. ...Read more

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What can causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

What can causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Not used for infants: There is a bpd, bronchopulmonary dysplasia that occurs in infants but I HAV never heard of the term COPD used in infants. ...Read more

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How long before chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) take your life?

How long before chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) take your life?

Depends: COPD is a progressive condition. From first diagnosis the time can be considerable. Today's drugs (not all cases need them), pulmonary rehab, exercise programs and many more can allow a long and productive time. Of course smoking cessation (if applicable) can slow the progression. ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me what COPD is? It's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but what is that exactly please?

Can someone explain to me what COPD is? It's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but what is that exactly please?

Chronic Lung Disease: COPD is a disease of inflammation and/or destruction of the lung. Most often, it is from smoking cigarettes, but not always. There are two main components: chronic bronchitis, which is coughing up mucus every day; and emphysema, which is destruction of the lung tissue. Both conditions block air from completely exiting the lung causing symptoms. That said, it can be treated effectively and be well. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnoised with COPD / chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can anyone tell me about it am 48 yr?

What to do if I have been diagnoised with COPD / chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can anyone tell me about it am 48 yr?

COPD...: COPD is a slowly progressive lung disease usually caused by smoking. Quitting smoking is essential to slowing the disease progression. Treatment usually involves bronchodilator and steroid inhalers to alleviate symptoms. If your oxygen level is low enough, supplemental oxygen therapy will also slow disease progression. See a lung doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Help! I've been having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Help! I've been having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) in infants?

Not sure...: I'm not sure I understand your question. COPD is not typically a disease diagnosed in infancy! There is a form of COPD, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is caused by an enzyme deficiency and can be diagnosed at an earlier age. But, this is usually not diagnosed in infancy but rather in early adulthood. Please ask the question again if I am misunderstanding it! ...Read more

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What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? The doctor said my husband has copd. What is that and how is it treated?

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? The doctor said my husband has copd. What is that and how is it treated?

Chronic lung disease: In a nutshell COPD is the chronic condition of the airways in the lungs that are chronically "smothering" resulting in decrease in the airway lumen (wheezin), excessive secretions (phlegm) and disturbance in gas exchange beween the lungs and blood. Usually COPD is associated with cigarette smoking. It is a serious and progressive condition that can be life threatening. ...Read more

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What do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

What do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

Treatment...: Treatment of COPD usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen, if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. There is no cure! ...Read more

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What do I have to face now that I'm diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)?

What do I have to face now that I'm diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)?

Depends: The most important challenge is stopping smoking if you are still smoking. Otherwise, it depends on your symptoms and severity of lung disease. Medications and regular exercise can help. ...Read more

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What is emphysema vs copd? Is emphysema the same as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Categories....: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the broader category. Emphysema is one type of copd, ie emphysema falls under the category of copd. ...Read more

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What are the risk for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) patient having a radical nephrectomy?

What are the risk for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) patient having a radical nephrectomy?

Depends: COPD exists with varying severity, and most patients can have surgery with no significant increased risk. If COPD is very severe, or there is significant chronic sputum production, surgical risk is higher, but experienced teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and respiratory therapists can help mitigate the risk. One important thing you have control over is pre-op smoking cessation. ...Read more

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I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

I have just found out that I have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) has anyone got ideas on treatment of it?

COPD treatment: The most important thing you can do for COPD is to stop smoking. Other treatments include inhaled medicines such as albuterol, ipratopium, tiotropium, and inhaled steroids (there are several of them). Patients who are very symptomatic benefit from systemic steroids and antibiotics. Make sure your immunizations are up to date including yearly flu vaccine. Finally, getting regular exercise helps. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Carbon dioxide...: Carbon dioxide levels can elevate in COPD patients due to the inability to ventilate properly. This increased carbon dioxide level can lead to symptoms that are similar to acutely taking narcotics which has lead to the expression carbon dioxide narcosis. Symptoms include lethargy, confusion, disorientation, decreased sensations, etc. ...Read more

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Is a flu shot mandatory if I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Is a flu shot mandatory if I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

YES!: If you mean mandatory that the government is going to come and give you the vaccine, then no. You always have the right to decide your health care options. If you mean mandatory as really, really a good idea for someone with a chronic respiraotry disease, then yes. Flu could kill you. It really is as simple as that. Exchange the pain of a shot for possible life-saving treatment today. ...Read more

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Would oxygen therapy be helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Can be: Oxygen therapy improves survival in COPD patients...But only if they need it. Some patients have such severe disease that they can't maintain a normal oxygen level. This is when oxygen therapy is helpful. Often we check patient's oxygen levels with an oximeter, a machine that measures the level of oxygen in the bloodstream. Patients qualify for treatment if the level is less than 88%. ...Read more

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If you have copd, will the disease carry over into the lungs transplants you receive?

Not usually: COPD is usually an acquired problem. However, if the causes are duplicated in the transplanted lungs (i.e. Heavy smoking) it could recur over years. ...Read more

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I have copd. My recent xray said- No sign of active pulmonary disease is present. What does this mean?

Strictly: Speaking, that conclusion means that there is no acute or active process that requires treatment, but doesn't address any chronic changes (e.g. possibly COPD-type changes) that the radiologist considers not significant or at least not relevant to the current situation. Practically speaking, many radiologists use that, or similar, phrases for all normal chest xrays. Talk to your doc about results. ...Read more

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Is it the same thing as copd? I've been sick for 2 weeks and just couldn't get over it Dr said I have bronchospastic pulmonary disease

Is it the same thing as copd? I've been sick for 2 weeks and just couldn't get over it Dr said I have bronchospastic pulmonary disease

No: COPD is a chronic disease lasting years. You may have a viral infection or an allergy that is causing this reaction. If it lasts another 2 weeks, it would be prudent to consult a pulmonary medicine specialist.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Last stage. Copd. Pluse langerhans cell histiocytosis with lungs. Also microvascular ischemic disease. What should I expect its my husband?

End stage COPD: Your husband, unfortunately, has both severe lung disease and a bad heart. His exercise capacity must be very low. You did not mention hospice care, but his long-term prognosis is not good. ...Read more

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So low ACE is related to copd, I can't get answer on pulmonary, they refuse to answer. Ggt I can't follow, as I have never drnk alcoho. How liver disease?

So low ACE is related to copd, I can't get answer on pulmonary, they refuse to answer. Ggt I can't follow, as I have never drnk alcoho. How liver disease?

Two questions: If low angiotensin converting enzyme means anything at all, that is news to me despite an internet claim. Elevated, it is of some usefulness as a not-sensitive, not-specific screen for sarcoidosis. About 1 person in 1000 has lone elevated GGT on a genetic basis, and I occasionally have to write letters telling employers that these people are not secretly boozing. Does this help? ...Read more