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How long can emphysema last?
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
7 doctors agree
In brief: Life long
Once you have emphysema, it will always be there.
Once you lose lung tissue, it is gone forever. That doesn't mean life is over...There are very good treatments, and people with emphysema can life full, productive lives. Best thing is to stop smoking and see a doctor to get treated.

In brief: Life long
Once you have emphysema, it will always be there.
Once you lose lung tissue, it is gone forever. That doesn't mean life is over...There are very good treatments, and people with emphysema can life full, productive lives. Best thing is to stop smoking and see a doctor to get treated.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lifelong...
Emphysema, a form of copd, is a slowly progressive disease that has no cure.
Treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen, if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. There is no cure so, once present, it is a life-long problem. Smoking cessation is necessary to decrease chronic airway inflammation. See your doctor so the diagnosis can be made and treatment given.

In brief: Lifelong...
Emphysema, a form of copd, is a slowly progressive disease that has no cure.
Treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen, if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. There is no cure so, once present, it is a life-long problem. Smoking cessation is necessary to decrease chronic airway inflammation. See your doctor so the diagnosis can be made and treatment given.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: WON'T LAST
Lets review the simple definition of emphysema: an abnormal permanent enlargement of air spaces with destruction of alveolar walls.
As you see it is a permanent damage. You just have to control that and prevent aggravation.

In brief: WON'T LAST
Lets review the simple definition of emphysema: an abnormal permanent enlargement of air spaces with destruction of alveolar walls.
As you see it is a permanent damage. You just have to control that and prevent aggravation.
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
In brief: Forever
Once the condition is causing symptoms that are severe enough for a doctor to diagnose emphysema that means that there is a lot of lung tissue that is scarred.
The scarring is permanent and there is no medication to reverse it. The medications to treat emphysema only help the remaining unscarred lung tissue to work better.

In brief: Forever
Once the condition is causing symptoms that are severe enough for a doctor to diagnose emphysema that means that there is a lot of lung tissue that is scarred.
The scarring is permanent and there is no medication to reverse it. The medications to treat emphysema only help the remaining unscarred lung tissue to work better.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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