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How bad could my emphysema be if it only affects the top part of my lungs?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Look at your PFT

The lung function test or pft is the more relevant measure of the degree of damage caused by emphysema.
Two numbers to look at: fev1 and dlco. The lower these numbers, the worse the condition.

In brief: Look at your PFT

The lung function test or pft is the more relevant measure of the degree of damage caused by emphysema.
Two numbers to look at: fev1 and dlco. The lower these numbers, the worse the condition.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Lung function test

The best way to determine the severity of your emphysema is do to a pulmonary function test (lung function test).
That will determine how much function, if any, you have lost. Many times the emphysema is the worst in the top of the lungs is because that is where most of the smoke goes when you smoke cigarettes. So, the best thing you can do is to stop smoking.

In brief: Lung function test

The best way to determine the severity of your emphysema is do to a pulmonary function test (lung function test).
That will determine how much function, if any, you have lost. Many times the emphysema is the worst in the top of the lungs is because that is where most of the smoke goes when you smoke cigarettes. So, the best thing you can do is to stop smoking.
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