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What does air trapping in the lungs mean ?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Obstruction

Air trapping means that air gets into the lungs and can't get out easily.
This description applies to asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema- disease known as obstructive lung doseases.

In brief: Obstruction

Air trapping means that air gets into the lungs and can't get out easily.
This description applies to asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema- disease known as obstructive lung doseases.
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: COPD or asthma

It means air can get in but can't get out.
It's usually a sign of airway obstruction, as is found in asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis. Airways tend to open up as you breathe in, but as the lung exhales the airways collapse and air gets trapped in the distal air spaces.

In brief: COPD or asthma

It means air can get in but can't get out.
It's usually a sign of airway obstruction, as is found in asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis. Airways tend to open up as you breathe in, but as the lung exhales the airways collapse and air gets trapped in the distal air spaces.
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