What is emphysema vs copd? Is emphysema the same as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Categories.... Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the broader category. Emphysema is one type of copd, ie emphysema falls under the category of copd.
Really the same. Copd-chornic obstructive lung disease- is the general term fo the disease while emphysema is what is considered the final stage of copd.
Yes, . Yes, you can think of emphysema as essentially the same as copd. Technically, emphysema refers to the anatomical destruction of lung tissue, i.e. A term used when referring to abnormal appearing lungs on either chest x-ray, ct scan or lung biopsy. COPD on the other hand is a general term describing patients who are either known to have emphysema or have a chronic cough (e.g. Smoker's cough) typically in association with pulmonary function tests that show abnormal airflow into and out of the lungs. They are both treated and managed in the same way as each other.

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I have family history of copd, asthma, and emphysema should I get mg lungs tested? I was exposed to second smoke growing up?

Perhaps. The key issue is whether you have symptoms or not. If you have cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, lung problems when you exercise, recurrent bronchitis or sleep problems, you should talk to your doctor. The history you describe doesn't always cause a person to have problems, but they can. When needed, doctors can do special tests to measure how well your lungs are working. Read more...
Peace of mind? If you are worried, get checked, . It is a simple test called spirometry. Your family history is very important so get as much info as you can when you see your physician. Read more...

Thin ex smoker 28yo shows hyperinflated lungs in X-ray would it indicate asthma or copd? 12 pack year history. Fev values normal. Odds of emphysema?

Difficult todiagnose. A chest Xray alone cannot give detailed information about whether a patient has asthma vs. COPD. Many factors must be taken into account. A full set of pulmonary function testing in a physician's office with FEV1, FVC, DLCO etc. and a detailed history and physical examination is the first step. Read more...

Can a normal pulmonary function test (spirometry test) rule out COPD and emphysema?

Yes.... In copd, there is chronic obstruction in the airways. In a pulmonary function test, it will reveal this obstruction. If there is no obstruction on the pft, then asthma can still be present but not copd. Read more...
Yes. You will have abnormal lung function test if you have COPD or emphysema. Do note that smoking is not good for you at any amount and some genetically-susceptible people may get emphysema even with light tobacco exposure. Read more...

I am a pt with stage 3 COPD emphysema. Extensive Bullous on lungs. Question a 9mm sub pleural nodule present in upper lobe something to worry about?

Obsrervation. continue current treatment.& pulmonologist's rec. Avoid cough- use liberal amount of cough meds whichever works for you. supplements- visit drhoffman.com may help you. Read more...

Seeing pulmonarologist tomorrow for sob. Chest x-ray, EKG and blood work all normal. Could it be asthma, COPD or emphysema? Gp said lungs sound clear

Further testing. It could be anything asthma, copd, emphysema or congestive heart failure etc. Good that you are going to a pulmonologist for thorough check up. Read more...
Maybe. A full pulmonary function study with diffusion studies , a vo2 stress test and a high resolution ct of the lungs may be nedded to completely evaluate you shortness of breath. A simple cxr and physical exam is necessary but incomplete. Read more...
See pulmonologist. Many people with significant asthma, copd/emphysema can have at rest clear lungs. There can be other causes of shortness of breath. Read more...