16 doctors weighed in:
Is emphysema a long term or short term disease?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Life-long...
COPD is a chronic, incurable and slowly progressive disease.
Once a patient has this disease, they will have it for the rest of their lives.

In brief: Life-long...
COPD is a chronic, incurable and slowly progressive disease.
Once a patient has this disease, they will have it for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Scott Maron
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Emphysema- also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long term, incurable disease.

In brief: Yes
Emphysema- also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long term, incurable disease.
Dr. Scott Maron
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
It is a long term condition.
The air sacks in the lung have been damaged, most often by exposure to tobacco smoke, and will not regrow. If the person stops the damaging exposure, the damage will slow way down. If he or she doesn't stop the exposure, then the damage continues to accumulate. There are treatment which can help the person to breathe a bit more easily. Discuss this with your physi.

In brief: Yes
It is a long term condition.
The air sacks in the lung have been damaged, most often by exposure to tobacco smoke, and will not regrow. If the person stops the damaging exposure, the damage will slow way down. If he or she doesn't stop the exposure, then the damage continues to accumulate. There are treatment which can help the person to breathe a bit more easily. Discuss this with your physi.
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Emphysema is a permanent scarring of the lung tissue.
Once the scarring happens there is no reversing it. Medications for emphysema only help the scarred tissue work better but it will never work normally.

In brief: Yes
Emphysema is a permanent scarring of the lung tissue.
Once the scarring happens there is no reversing it. Medications for emphysema only help the scarred tissue work better but it will never work normally.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The short answer, it is long term. Don't get it. Don't smoke.

In brief: Yes
The short answer, it is long term. Don't get it. Don't smoke.
Dr. Ron Jones
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Emphysema is cigarette-related destruction of lung tissue, which cannot regenerate, so as such it is a long term, incurable disease.
In fact, studies suggest that even after quitting smoking, the destruction of lung tissue can continue for at least two years.

In brief: Yes
Emphysema is cigarette-related destruction of lung tissue, which cannot regenerate, so as such it is a long term, incurable disease.
In fact, studies suggest that even after quitting smoking, the destruction of lung tissue can continue for at least two years.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
This is a long term illness, and responds slowly to therapy.
The focus of treatment is to conserve lung function as much as possible, while at the same time attempting to reverse the damage to whatever extent possible.

In brief: Yes
This is a long term illness, and responds slowly to therapy.
The focus of treatment is to conserve lung function as much as possible, while at the same time attempting to reverse the damage to whatever extent possible.
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Emphysema is a long term disease, plain and simple.

In brief: Yes
Emphysema is a long term disease, plain and simple.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Emphysema (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a lifelong disease that can progress and gradually worsen if not adequately treated.
Treatment, however, will not reverse the emphysema but slow its progression. Hence the importance of maintaining the treatment regimen, even when "doing well.".

In brief: Yes
Emphysema (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a lifelong disease that can progress and gradually worsen if not adequately treated.
Treatment, however, will not reverse the emphysema but slow its progression. Hence the importance of maintaining the treatment regimen, even when "doing well.".
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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