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Why Do People Have Prolonged Expiration In Emphysema
Destruction of lung: When the lung gets destroyed from smoking in emphysema, they act like a plastic bag. Thus it is easy to inflate, but hard to deflate. Thus, it takes a lot longer to blow all the air out. That is why there is prolonged expiration in emphysema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It can....: Empysema is a form of copd, usually a result of cigarette smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke over time, the bigger your risk of developing this disease. So, elderly people who have smoked lots of cigarettes over many years are at high risk of developing this disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: 3% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can have interstitial pulmonary emphysema. There is a genetic condition that causes low levels of an enzyme that protects the lungs, and these patients can get emphysema even without smoking, but it does not affect small children. (it might be apparent in their 30's or 40's). Thanks @yayayarndiva. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: The time it takes to develop COPD depends on many factors including genetic factors and the amount of cigarettes smoked over time. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke increases your risk of developing this disease. Smoking cessation decreases the risk of developing this disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Number of things: Most notably, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, an inherited disease. Also, environmental or occupational exposures. Second-hand smoke is also possible though by a longer stretch. Sometimes, normal chest x-rays of healthy young people are overread as emphysema. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Where?: Do you mean lung tissue or other tissue? Which tissue in particular is of concern to you? ...Read more
Bad: It means he has serious lung disease. Keep him close to your doctor and follow all the advice you get faithfully. There's no cure but it's a treatable condition. Of course, keep him away from all forms of smoke. ...Read more
Pallindromic rhuematismeffects of this and how it can get with other conditions such as emphysema?
A Label, Not Insight: Palindromic rheumatism is just a label for a pattern, no necessary significant insight into what is going on. Emphysema is better understood. Lung alveoli repeatedly rupture into one another over time; the person progressively loses functioning lung alveolar/capillary surface area for co2 & o2 exchange. Typically associated with bronchitis & few clear symptoms until a large percentage is gone. ...Read more
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