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Do I have emphysema and or chronic bronchitis, or is there no difference?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Difference...

Both diseases are forms of COPD but they are quite different.
Chronic bronchitis has a chronic productive cough whereas emphysema patients tend to not produce as much sputum. See your doctor who will be able to diagnose which one you have, if any. Both diseases are caused usually by smoking.

In brief: Difference...

Both diseases are forms of COPD but they are quite different.
Chronic bronchitis has a chronic productive cough whereas emphysema patients tend to not produce as much sputum. See your doctor who will be able to diagnose which one you have, if any. Both diseases are caused usually by smoking.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Could be both

There is a difference, emphysema is the destruction of lung tissue leading to a swiss cheese appearance of the lung.
Chronic bronchitis is the persistence of a cough with productive sputum or three or more episodes a year for two years.

In brief: Could be both

There is a difference, emphysema is the destruction of lung tissue leading to a swiss cheese appearance of the lung.
Chronic bronchitis is the persistence of a cough with productive sputum or three or more episodes a year for two years.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Some difference

Most patients with COPD have both emphysema which is a structural loss of the air units and chronic bronchitis which is inflammation of the airways leading to the air units.
In some cases one is almost exclusively present such as pure emphysema. In general, about 70-80% of COPD patients have at least some chronic bronchitis. They are more prone to worsening episodes than pure emphysema.

In brief: Some difference

Most patients with COPD have both emphysema which is a structural loss of the air units and chronic bronchitis which is inflammation of the airways leading to the air units.
In some cases one is almost exclusively present such as pure emphysema. In general, about 70-80% of COPD patients have at least some chronic bronchitis. They are more prone to worsening episodes than pure emphysema.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine

In brief: Emphysema bronchitis

Both of these conditions contitute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(copd)but having said that these are two different conditions.
Emphysema is a progressive disease cause motly by smoking and long term exposure to pollutants causing loss of structure of lungs causind shortness of breath.Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation in bronchi causing cough and sputum production.Treatment same forboth.

In brief: Emphysema bronchitis

Both of these conditions contitute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(copd)but having said that these are two different conditions.
Emphysema is a progressive disease cause motly by smoking and long term exposure to pollutants causing loss of structure of lungs causind shortness of breath.Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation in bronchi causing cough and sputum production.Treatment same forboth.
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Depends

They tend to overlap, so most patients have a combination of both.
Both are smoking related conditions & together are COPD ( chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) the chronic bronchitis = inflammation of the airways, that leads to cough, purulent sputum, and airway narrowing. Emphysema is more damage to the air sacs, less cough, otherwise similar. Pulmonary function tests confirm the diagnosis.

In brief: Depends

They tend to overlap, so most patients have a combination of both.
Both are smoking related conditions & together are COPD ( chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) the chronic bronchitis = inflammation of the airways, that leads to cough, purulent sputum, and airway narrowing. Emphysema is more damage to the air sacs, less cough, otherwise similar. Pulmonary function tests confirm the diagnosis.
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