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I'm 25, can I already be getting COPD or emphysema from smoking?
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Maybe
If you are a heavy smoker emphysema can occur at an early age (less than 35).
There is also a genetic disease called Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency that can cause emphysema to develop at any early age. If concerned you should seek medical evaluation.

In brief: Maybe
If you are a heavy smoker emphysema can occur at an early age (less than 35).
There is also a genetic disease called Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency that can cause emphysema to develop at any early age. If concerned you should seek medical evaluation.
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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Possibly
There is a genetic disorder known as Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could result in emphysema at a very early age.
If this is not present, it would be very uncommon to have emphysema in your 20s.

In brief: Possibly
There is a genetic disorder known as Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could result in emphysema at a very early age.
If this is not present, it would be very uncommon to have emphysema in your 20s.
Dr. Craig Brown
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