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What are the most common symptoms of emphysema?

What are the most common symptoms of emphysema?

Breathlessness: Shortness of breath, initially only with exertion, but over time with progressively less exertion and even at rest, is the cardinal symptom of emphysema. ...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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What are the symptoms of emphysema?

What are the symptoms of emphysema?

Shortness of breath: Typically emphysema causes shortness of breath without wheezing or congestion - just air hunger. There are many causes of this symptom however so testing is required for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is emphysema common for nonsmokers?

No: However, if some one has a genetic predisposition to emphysema, such as alpha-1-antitrypsin disease, then they can develop emphysema. Also, people who are exposed to second hand smoke on a chronic basis can develop emphysema. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of emphysema?

Usual symptoms...: Usual symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath, decreased blood oxygen level, decreased appetite, decreased ability to sleep, decreased activity level, cough, wheezing, weight loss, etc. The diagnosis is made by seeing chronic obstruction on pulmonary function tests, which can occur without any symptoms. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of emphysema?

Please explain what are some symptoms of emphysema?

Emphysema.: Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort. This leads to shortness of breath and chronic productive cough. It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable. ...Read more

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Classic signs and symptoms of emphysema?

Classic signs and symptoms of emphysema?

Classic signs...: Classic signs and symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, cough (often with sputum production), decreased or increased sleep, decreased appetite, weight loss or weight gain (especially with fluid retention), decreased oxygen level in blood, decreased activity level, etc. The diagnosis is made by seeing chronic obstruction on pulmonary function testing, which can occur without any symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the final symptoms of copd-emphysema?

COPD: Severe incapacitating shortness of breath and confusion from hypoxia(low oxygen) and carbon dioxide retention. ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms from mesothelioma and emphysema?

What are the different symptoms from mesothelioma and emphysema?

Many: Emphysema in smokers commonly and cause cough, short of breath, right heart failure and not much pain. Mesothelioma and association with asbestosis and also commonly smokers. May be asymptomatic until chest wall pain or fluid compressing lung. Over time they are both life threatening. ...Read more

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Is emphysema common in a 22 year old?

Nope: If you have this as a 22 year old, you need to look toward a (treatable) condition called alpha-1 antitrypsin disease, and consult a pulmonary expert. ...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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