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Why does emphysema continue to worsen even after I stop smoking ?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: It doesn't

First, if you're 25 and have emphysema you should see an expert because the diagnosis should be questioned.
Second if you do have emphysema and you stop smoking it will not worsen.

In brief: It doesn't

First, if you're 25 and have emphysema you should see an expert because the diagnosis should be questioned.
Second if you do have emphysema and you stop smoking it will not worsen.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Lung Function

Everyone's lung function declines with time.
Everyone: with or without lung disease. The problem is, those with emphysema can lose their lung function at a faster rate. And that happens even if you stop smoking. Thats the unfortunate thing with smoking.

In brief: Lung Function

Everyone's lung function declines with time.
Everyone: with or without lung disease. The problem is, those with emphysema can lose their lung function at a faster rate. And that happens even if you stop smoking. Thats the unfortunate thing with smoking.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Yes

Yes but at a slower rate (approx 1 tablespoon of lost lung function per year).

In brief: Yes

Yes but at a slower rate (approx 1 tablespoon of lost lung function per year).
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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