What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

COPD... Both are forms of COPD so both are chronic, incurable diseases typically caused by smoking. Emphysema patients have shortness of breath as the primary symptom whereas chronic bronchitis patients have a chronic cough productive of sputum. Both are slowly progressive but treatment will decrease symptoms.
COPS. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two conditions termed COPD or chronic obstuctive pulmonary(lung)disease.Emphysema is long term progressive disease which causes shortness of breath .The tissue necessary to suppot sructure of the lung is destroyed chronic bronchis is chronic inflammation of bronchi which causes cough and sputum production at least for three months in two successive years.
Sputum :) In chronic bronchitis cough is very prevalent and typically productive of sputum. The classic definition is daily productive cough for 3 months out of a year. Emphysema can be associated with cough but shortness of breath is more common. There are also a significant number of patients who overlap between both illnesses.

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Whats the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema outcome?

Not much... The outcome for both types of COPD is pretty much the same since both are slowly progressive and incurable diseases. The goal of treatment is to lessen symptoms as well as airway inflammation as much as possible. Read more...
Varies. Both chronic bronchitis and emphysema are chronic, progressive diseases that respond favorably to smoking cessation. However, how an individual sufferer will do is best predicted by knowing family and smoking history, severity of the lung disease, how the disease has affected th heart, the patients overall conditioning, etc. Read more...
COPD. Both chronic bronchitis and emphysema are forms of copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is not curable and it is slowly progressive. Smoking cessation decreases airway inflammation and slows disease progression. There are treatments to control symptoms. If the oxygen level is low, supplemental oxygen will decrease mortality. Read more...

Whats the difference between having chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Different symptoms. While chronic lung disease can have both these components one will usually dominate the picture - bronchitics will have lots of trouble with infections and mucus clearing and cough - emphamatous folk will have more shortness of breath/discomfort, and are more likely to have barrel chests, retain carbon dioxide and need oxygen therapy. Read more...

Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Do I have emphysema and or chronic bronchitis, or is there no difference?

Depends. They tend to overlap, so most patients have a combination of both. Both are smoking related conditions & together are COPD ( chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) the chronic bronchitis = inflammation of the airways, that leads to cough, purulent sputum, and airway narrowing. Emphysema is more damage to the air sacs, less cough, otherwise similar. Pulmonary function tests confirm the diagnosis. Read more...
Could be both. There is a difference, emphysema is the destruction of lung tissue leading to a swiss cheese appearance of the lung. Chronic bronchitis is the persistence of a cough with productive sputum or three or more episodes a year for two years. Read more...
Emphysema bronchitis. Both of these conditions contitute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(copd)but having said that these are two different conditions.Emphysema is a progressive disease cause motly by smoking and long term exposure to pollutants causing loss of structure of lungs causind shortness of breath.Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation in bronchi causing cough and sputum production.Treatment same forboth. Read more...
Some difference. Most patients with COPD have both emphysema which is a structural loss of the air units and chronic bronchitis which is inflammation of the airways leading to the air units. In some cases one is almost exclusively present such as pure emphysema. In general, about 70-80% of COPD patients have at least some chronic bronchitis. They are more prone to worsening episodes than pure emphysema. Read more...
Difference... Both diseases are forms of COPD but they are quite different. Chronic bronchitis has a chronic productive cough whereas emphysema patients tend to not produce as much sputum. See your doctor who will be able to diagnose which one you have, if any. Both diseases are caused usually by smoking. Read more...

Copd with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Is it possible to treat this?

COPD Emphysema. Treatment consists of smoking cessation, bronchodilators, steroids, pulmonary rehab, oxygen therapy, management of exacerbation and surgery in selected cases. Read more...

Anesthetized patients with chronic bronchitis and emphysema and what complications expected to occur during anesthesia and surgical work and what are?

General anesthesia. With chronic lung, disease intubation (general anesthesia) can prolong the time the tube will stay in also situations like atelectasis (decreased lung volume) due to poor inspiratory afford can cause fever and worse pneumonia. Read more...
Respiratory. Because of their underlying airway disease, these patients are more likely to get postoperative pneumonia. Read more...
See below. Depending on how bad the emphysema is, these patients are also at increased risk of being unable to get of the ventilator for prolonged periods of time. Get pulmonary clearance before surgery, the pulmonologist should be able to explain to you what the risks are in your specific case. Read more...
Depends. Like everything else in medicine it all depends on the amount of organ reserve. That is, how bad is the bronchitis and severe is the emphysema. These diseases and ailments are usually described along a progression of mild, moderate and severe. The more severe, the more likely complications or the need for pulmonary support after surgery (oxygen by mask or even continued ventilator support). Read more...
See below. The main concerns with patients with chronic bronchitis and emphysema are pulmonary related. That is to say how will the patient breathe after the surgery with the additional narcotics for pain medication on board. These patients will be watched very closely in the pacu, and may need to go to a monitored bed overnight for safety. Read more...