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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 is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt? How are they treated?

What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt?  How are they treated?

Emergency situations: As an emt in these cases you primary concern is to make sure the patient can breathe. In asthma, codp emphysema and "chronic bronchitis" a resuce inhaler like albuterol or ipratropium(copd) owuld be your first response. Steroid inhalers are not for rescue situations. ...Read more

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Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition. ...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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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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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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How can a doctor tell if you have asthma or emphysema?

How can a doctor  tell if you have asthma or emphysema?

DLCO Is decr in emph: Besides significant reversibility with asthma, emphysema will have a low dlco. Emphysema pts will have a smoking hx. Asthmatics often have a family hx and a h/o allergic rhinitis. When asthma is not doing well it will wake the pt up at ~3 am give or take an hour. Also a good choice for a consult is an allergist immunologist-they-have a lot of experience and expertise in asthma. ...Read more

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(pulmonary emphysema ) considered as one of the (asthma ) complications, how ?!

(pulmonary emphysema ) considered as one of the (asthma ) complications, how ?!

No, not really: Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often due to smoking. It typically is not a "complication" of asthma. Now, asthma can cause lung problems, but emphysema is typically not one of them. ...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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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