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Why do people have prolonged expiration in emphysema?

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 more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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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. The Best thing is to stop smoking and see a doctor to get treated. ...Read more

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Does emphysema effect older people?

Does emphysema effect older people?

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 more

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Can emphysema affect small children?

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 30s or 40s). Thanks @yayayarndiva. ...Read more

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How long does emphysema take to occur?

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 more

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How many people die from emphysema each year?

How many people die from emphysema each year?

US COPD Stats: Here are stats for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in US: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/copd.htm
Emphysema is one form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. ...Read more

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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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How many people in the world get emphysema a year?

How many people in the world get emphysema a year?

Around 24%: Based on a 1972 study of autopsy data, the overall incidence of emphysema in both sexes was 24% (35% in men and 9% in women 9%). A more recent study found that the worldwide prevalence of COPD was 10.1%, so it depends on the source. ...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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Is emphysema permanent? Can someone with emphysema improve?

Is emphysema permanent? Can someone with emphysema improve?

Permanent: There is no way to reverse emphysema as it is a structural loss of tissue that cannot be regrown. Symptoms can be treated with medication, but the underlying disease is progressive. ...Read more

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What could cause me to get emphysema if I have never smoked?

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 more

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Can you tell me changes seen in tissues owning to emphysema?

Where?: Do you mean lung tissue or other tissue? Which tissue in particular is of concern to you? ...Read more

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What does it mean if my husband has c.o.p.d, emphysema advanced?

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

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What do you suggest if my husband has c.o.p.d, emphysema advanced?

What do you suggest if my husband has c.o.p.d, emphysema advanced?

Treatment: Pulmonary rehabilitation. Avoidance of smoke, second hand smoke, and perfumes. Bronchodilators. Steroids when needed. Antibiotics when needed. Oxygen therapy when needed. Recognition and acceptance of his limitations. Advanced directives. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do to help yourself if you have emphysema?

What is the best thing to do to help yourself if you have emphysema?

Stop smoking: The two things that we know work well in emphysema are to quit smoking and to wear your oxygen is you need it. If you work in a job that exposes you to smoke, rock dust, wood dust, etc consider another line of work or wear respiratory protection. ...Read more

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Pallindromic rhuematismeffects of this and how it can get with other conditions such as emphysema?

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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Is emphysema curable?

No...: Empysema, a form of COPD typically due to smoking, is not curable. It is a slowly progressive disease. The best way to prevent this is to avoid smoking and/or to quit asap if you already smoke. ...Read more

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Is emphysema contagious?

No...: Emphysema is a form of copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by smoking and it is not contagious. ...Read more

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Is emphysema always fatal?

Emphysema: Severe emphysema in late stages can cause respiratory failure. Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs.
http://patient.info/health/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-leaflet ...Read more

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Does smoking cause emphysema?

Does smoking cause emphysema?

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 more

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Is there a cure for emphysema?

Is there a cure for emphysema?

No...: Empysema, a form of copd, is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. There are effective treatments but no cure. Smoking cessation can prevent it from developing and slow progression, if already present. ...Read more

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Can cigarettes cause emphysema?

Can cigarettes cause emphysema?

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 more

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Does smoking affect my emphysema?

Does smoking affect my emphysema?

Causes emphysema!: I completely agree with dr ferranti's answer. The only thing I will add is that smoking is the number one cause of emphysema/copd. It is never too late to stop. While the damage does not reverse, the rate of damage returns to a more normal level of expected decline. Stopping at any time can add years to life and maybe delay disability. Please stop! ...Read more

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How to treat soft tissue emphysema?

Treat the cause: Soft tissue emphysema can occur from gas gangrene or from pneumothorax or rupture of a hollow organ (ie bowel). Thus, it's always a very serious occurrence. The underlying pathology must be addressed. ...Read more

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Is COPD the same thing as emphysema?

Category...: Emphysema is a type of copd. There are other types of copd, like chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more