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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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What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

Not pretty: Emphysema lungs are large and have many distended air sacks. It is commonly called "smokers lung" and the lungs look as in the picture. Sarcoidosis, though, rarely can have "emphysematous changes", . For the most part, it is associated with scarring of the lungs as well as large lymph nodes in between the lungs. ...Read more

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What happens to me now that I have emphysema and pulmonary sarcoidosis?

What happens to me now that I have emphysema and pulmonary sarcoidosis?

Depends: It all depends on the severity of each problem. Both COPD and sarcoidosis can be treated, but neither is curable. If you smoke you must stop right now. Rely on a pulmonary specialist to manage this complex set of problems. ...Read more

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I have recenty been diagnosed as patient with sarcoidosis, I have fatigue and exertional dyspnoea.Do i need treatment?I have asthma and diabetic.

I have recenty been diagnosed as patient with sarcoidosis, I have fatigue and exertional dyspnoea.Do i need treatment?I have asthma  and diabetic.

Rule out other cause: Fatigue is a well described component if sarcoidosis, it is a part of sarcoidosis penumbra( insomnia, fatigue and possible neuropathic symptoms) . Please talk to your doctor to see if other causes have up be ruled out such as hypothyroidism and any sleep related breathing disorders ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed COPD w/Interstitial lung disease. I had sarcoidosis at 24 I am now 59 yrs. old. I am short of breath. What is the treament?

I have  been diagnosed COPD w/Interstitial lung disease. I had sarcoidosis at 24 I am now 59 yrs. old.  I am short of breath. What is the treament?

There: are new treatments for active pulmonary fibrosis, some treatments to alleviate bronchospasm, talk to your pulmonologist, or rheumatologist if sarcoid active for other treatments. ...Read more

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Can one have asthma and emphysema?

Can one have asthma and emphysema?

Yes: Asthma is a clinical diagnosis. Emphysema is a radiological diagnosis . Overlap between chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema is a known entity. However, pulmonary function testing and ct scan of the chest should atleast differentiate between asthma and emphysema, but once again they are not mutually exclusive conditions. ...Read more

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Asthma and emphysema sufferers: what tips do you have for us?

Flu shot: Get a flu shot and if over 50 get a pneumonia shot, and use your inhalers regularly to avoid exacerbations. Prevention is the key. ...Read more

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Could one person have asthma and emphysema at the same time?

Could one person have asthma and emphysema at the same time?

Yes : There is growing evidence that there may be a subset of patients who smoke that have a combination of emphysema and asthma. ...Read more

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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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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more