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I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, what to do?

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Dr. Mario Mangas
Internal Medicine

In brief: COPD

First need to confirm diagnosis to exclude asthma.
At your age seems more likely. Need to exclude Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could cause emphysema at a young age. This has specific treatment. In regards on what to do, STOP SMOKING if a smoker. Need to determine severity with pulmonary function tests and depending on severity, and symptoms, various treatment options are available.

In brief: COPD

First need to confirm diagnosis to exclude asthma.
At your age seems more likely. Need to exclude Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could cause emphysema at a young age. This has specific treatment. In regards on what to do, STOP SMOKING if a smoker. Need to determine severity with pulmonary function tests and depending on severity, and symptoms, various treatment options are available.
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