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How does airway obstruction happen in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Loss of elasticity

Tobacco and chronic inflammation destroy elastin, which results in small and medium airway collapse with exhalation.

In brief: Loss of elasticity

Tobacco and chronic inflammation destroy elastin, which results in small and medium airway collapse with exhalation.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: See below

By constriction of the bronchial tubes as well as filling up the airways by mucus and inflammatory debris.

In brief: See below

By constriction of the bronchial tubes as well as filling up the airways by mucus and inflammatory debris.
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