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How long does emphysema take to occur?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends...

The time it takes to develop COPD depends on many factors including genetic factors and the amount of cigarettes smoked over time.
The more you smoke and the longer you smoke increases your risk of developing this disease. Smoking cessation decreases the risk of developing this disease.

In brief: Depends...

The time it takes to develop COPD depends on many factors including genetic factors and the amount of cigarettes smoked over time.
The more you smoke and the longer you smoke increases your risk of developing this disease. Smoking cessation decreases the risk of developing this disease.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Some years

Emphysema is a gradual scarring of the lung tissue.
The damage occurs slowly over many years. People who smoke 3-4 packs a day are likely to develop emphysema more quickly than someone who smokes 1/2 pack a day, but both will have the same problem difficulty breathing once the emphysema is sufficiently advanced.

In brief: Some years

Emphysema is a gradual scarring of the lung tissue.
The damage occurs slowly over many years. People who smoke 3-4 packs a day are likely to develop emphysema more quickly than someone who smokes 1/2 pack a day, but both will have the same problem difficulty breathing once the emphysema is sufficiently advanced.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Tony Willson
Family Medicine

In brief: Years

Due to lung tissue damage, there is less area for oxygen exchange.
This damage is generally due to long term tobacco use or exposure to industrial toxins that are known to cause lung tissue damage. Early signs include shortness of breath with exertion and frequent upper respiratory infections.

In brief: Years

Due to lung tissue damage, there is less area for oxygen exchange.
This damage is generally due to long term tobacco use or exposure to industrial toxins that are known to cause lung tissue damage. Early signs include shortness of breath with exertion and frequent upper respiratory infections.
Dr. Tony Willson
Dr. Tony Willson
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