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Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Difference...
Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition.

In brief: Difference...
Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lung
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This question is too broad. We can have ground rounds on this question and not have an answer. As a pcp i try to help you based on your symptoms and medical history. Since you have a complex question, then i prefer you see a pulmonologist. Again, regardless of a specific answer, treatment are many times similar. Good luck.

In brief: Lung
Ask a pulmonologist.
This question is too broad. We can have ground rounds on this question and not have an answer. As a pcp i try to help you based on your symptoms and medical history. Since you have a complex question, then i prefer you see a pulmonologist. Again, regardless of a specific answer, treatment are many times similar. Good luck.
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