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What is end stage empysema?

What is end stage empysema?

Bad: Severe emphysema that causes shortness of breath either at rest or with minimal exertion (such as walking across a room) would be considered "end stage" meaning terminal or life threatening. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is also known as COPD. 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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What is the estimated life span of someone with copd, empysema who only have 30% of lung function?

What is the estimated life span of someone with copd, empysema who only have 30% of lung function?

Varies...: The most important treatments include smoking cessation and oxygen therapy, if the person's oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are also typically used in treatment. The disease is slowly progressive and smoking cessation and oxygen therapy do tend to slow progression. The rate of progression varies widely between patients so difficult to predict. ...Read more

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Is emphysema a long term or short term disease?

Is emphysema a long term or short term disease?

Life-long...: COPD is a chronic, incurable and slowly progressive disease. Once a patient has this disease, they will have it for the rest of their lives. ...Read more

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Can emphysema be cured?

Can emphysema be cured?

No: Emphysema is, by definition, a disease characterized by irreversible damage to the lungs. However, there are all degrees of emphysema and the goal of therapy is to ameliorate symptoms, treat complications, and prevent or slow progression. ...Read more

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What is emphysema ?

What is emphysema ?

Definition...: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by cigarette smoking which damages the lungs leading to this disease. It is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Once present, treatments are aimed at reducing symptoms and insuring that there is enough oxygen in the body to support it. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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What impact can nutrition and diet have on emphysema?

What impact can nutrition and diet have on emphysema?

Avoid malnutrition: People with bad lung disease need to avoid becoming underweight. Many lose weight due to the calorie burning nature of heavy breathing and once all the body fat is gone the patient may start losing the muscle mass they need to breathe. Within reason, people who weight more live longer with severe lung disease. ...Read more

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How long can emphysema last?

How long can emphysema last?

Life long: Once you have emphysema, it will always be there. Once you lose lung tissue, it is gone forever. That doesn't mean life is over...There are very good treatments, and people with emphysema can life full, productive lives. Best thing is to stop smoking and see a doctor to get treated. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is emphysema?

What sort of disorder is emphysema?

COPD: Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). It is characterized by chronic obstruction in the airways usually due to smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. The diagnosis is made by an evaluation by a doctor as well as pulmonary function tests. There are treatments available. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further lung damage. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting emphysema if you have not smoked in 30 years?

Limited: But the answer is more related to how many packs a day and for how many years you smoked (packs x years), also related to individual genetic factors. If you have cough or shortness of breath, see your doctor for a spirometry (breathing test). The test is quick and simple. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

Lung damage: Destruction of lung tissue from exposure to cigarette smoke. As more lung tissue is destroyed, shortness of breath gets worse, and ultimately the lungs cannot do their job, and the body gets starved of oxygen. ...Read more

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