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The Causes Of Emphysema
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
Yes: The more you smoke, the more damage to the lungs. Smoking early and often gets you to end stage lung disease faster. Quit smoking as soon as possible. Emphysema is not reversible and does not have effective treatment. In some cases lung transplant is an option. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Where can I find reliable information about pulmonary hypertension? I was recently diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, likely caused by emphysema and sleep apnea.
Definately: Smoking is the number one risk factor for the development of emphysema. Other risks include family history, a genetic predisposition (such as Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency) and occupational exposure (usually related to dusts). If you have no desire to develop emphysema do not smoke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It IS the result...: Emphysema is one of the main results of cigarette smoking. Emphysema is the destruction of lung tissue from smoking. Cigarette smoking is the #1 cause of emphysema. That's why, you should quit asap. It definitely can cause emphysema (and a whole host of other bad stuff). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: We have to be careful with the pressures from the CPAP in people with blebs or bullae in that it can actually cause them to pop, cause pneumothorax and yes subcutaneous emphysema, rare but can happen. Sometimes when patients fight the pressure there is also increased esophageal pressure and may actually cause rupture (boorhave's), fortunately also rare. ...Read more
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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