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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
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
Same for all: Everyone, regardless of age, is tested the same way for emphysema: either a lung function test or a ct scan of the chest. A lung function test is a series of breathing maneuvers that can test whether you have the findings of emphysema, which is a blockage of air exit from the lungs. Basically, patients with COPD can't blow all the air out of the lungs due to inflammation and destroyed lung. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: As emphysema progresses patients lose their appetite, their muscle mass, and weight. Patients with severe emphysema are more likely to be very thin than very heavy. Maintaining normal body weight enables such patients to remain active and provides the best possible quality of life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For people with emphysema, asbestosis, and a marathon runner. what do their spirographs look like compared to that of an average person?
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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