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Is it possible to be diagnosed with emphysema even if the person hasn't smoked for over a decade?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Lung function continues to decline as you age.
Therefore you can develop emphysema years after you stop smoking.

In brief: Yes

Lung function continues to decline as you age.
Therefore you can develop emphysema years after you stop smoking.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes..,

Emphysema, a form of copd, can be diagnosed even years after smoking cessation.
However, smoking cessation will slow the progression of the disease and is an important part of therapy.

In brief: Yes..,

Emphysema, a form of copd, can be diagnosed even years after smoking cessation.
However, smoking cessation will slow the progression of the disease and is an important part of therapy.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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