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Whats the difference between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Holes vs. airway

Emphysema is a disease of progressive destruction of lung tissue, resulting in lungs that look like swiss cheese.
COPD can result from emphysema (due to loss of airway elasticity), but is primarily a disease of airway collapse when breathing out - leading to air trapping in the lung and difficulty breathing.

In brief: Holes vs. airway

Emphysema is a disease of progressive destruction of lung tissue, resulting in lungs that look like swiss cheese.
COPD can result from emphysema (due to loss of airway elasticity), but is primarily a disease of airway collapse when breathing out - leading to air trapping in the lung and difficulty breathing.
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Dr. Frank Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Fxn vs form

COPD refers to physiologic air flow obstruction.
Emphysema refers to destruction of lung parenchyma resulting in air flow obstruction.

In brief: Fxn vs form

COPD refers to physiologic air flow obstruction.
Emphysema refers to destruction of lung parenchyma resulting in air flow obstruction.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Category....

Empysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, copd.
There are also other diseases that are a type of copd, like chronic bronchitis.

In brief: Category....

Empysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, copd.
There are also other diseases that are a type of copd, like chronic bronchitis.
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