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Why Do Some People Develop Emphysema When They Smoke While Others Do Not
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 2 more doctor answers
Yes: You bet your bippy it can. (but not necessarily). ...Read more
ABSOLUTELY: Yes, you may have it already. Please quit and have yourself evaluated by your doctor. It is never too late to quit! ...Read more
Yes: In the us the vast majority of emphasema patients have a smoking history (even pt with alpha1-antitypsin def - genetic disorder that causes emphasa, frequently only need treatment if they are also smokers). In the developing world many also develop emphasema from chronic exposure to biofuels ie. Coal/wood fire cooking in the home or industrially. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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