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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.
Dr. William Walsh
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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.
Dr. Frank Mayo
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: COPD

COPD represents both emphysema and chronic bronchitis since it can be difficult to separate how much is present in any individual and the symptoms are similar. The big difference is chronic bronchitis produces a cough with sputum production and emphysema causes breathlessness without sputum. The damage in emphysema occurs in the air exchange units; the damage in bronchitis occurs in the airways.

In brief: COPD

COPD represents both emphysema and chronic bronchitis since it can be difficult to separate how much is present in any individual and the symptoms are similar. The big difference is chronic bronchitis produces a cough with sputum production and emphysema causes breathlessness without sputum. The damage in emphysema occurs in the air exchange units; the damage in bronchitis occurs in the airways.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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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.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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