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Does having emphysema make it harder for me to live on a breathing machine?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Yes

Emphysema can make it harder to live without a breathing machine.
If you get intubated, may be impossible to be weaned off depending on severity. Also affects mechanics of breathing while on ventilator.

In brief: Yes

Emphysema can make it harder to live without a breathing machine.
If you get intubated, may be impossible to be weaned off depending on severity. Also affects mechanics of breathing while on ventilator.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and No

Emphysema does not make it harder to live on a breathing machine.
It does however make it much harder to get you off the breathing machine. In addition, your lungs may be prone to other complications from bing on a breathing machine.

In brief: Yes and No

Emphysema does not make it harder to live on a breathing machine.
It does however make it much harder to get you off the breathing machine. In addition, your lungs may be prone to other complications from bing on a breathing machine.
Dr. Evert Eriksson
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