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If I am now 34 and have been diagnosed with mild emphysema..?

If I am now 34 and have been diagnosed with mild emphysema..?

COPD : See a pulmonary doc to get the best diagnostic and treatment follow up. ...Read more

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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Does mild emphysema require treatment?

Does mild emphysema require treatment?

Depends: There is data that getting treated early may slow the progression of the disease. But this comes from the pharmaceutical companies who want to sell their drugs. ...Read more

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I have a small nodule which doc THINKS is benign I also have mild emphysema I desperately need to know if this is a worrying situation thankyou?

Nodule: I assume you mean a lung nodule. The good news is that these are very common and most of times no cause for worry :) Certain characteristics such as the size and radiological impression will dictate if you need repeat imaging in the tuture. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mild emphysema with a normal chest x-ray?

Is it possible to have mild emphysema with a normal chest x-ray?

Yes: Emphysema can occur with a normal chest xray. Mild changes may only be visible with ct scan, however the underlying physiologic abnormality with emphysema or COPD is diagnosed with pulmonary function tests which measure lung function and involve breathing into a device which can measure aspects while breathing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mild emphysema but have a normal chest x-ray?

Is it possible to have mild emphysema but have a normal chest x-ray?

Absolutely: Emphysema is really a diagnosis that can be seen on cat scan of the chest or on a microscope slide. It is totally normal to have mild emphysema and have a normal chest xray. Even people with severe emphysema can sometimes have normal chest xrays. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mild emphysema to show up on a normal chest x-ray?

Yes: Yes -- it would take a ct or MRI to detail minor abnormality in the lung tissue with more accuracy. ...Read more

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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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