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How common is COPD in nonsmokers?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree

In brief: COPD

Not common at all.
There is recent data to suggest that nonsmokers exposed to second hand smoke are at risk of developing copd. There are also genetic disorders such as Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could present with mild to moderate copd, despite not being a smoker.

In brief: COPD

Not common at all.
There is recent data to suggest that nonsmokers exposed to second hand smoke are at risk of developing copd. There are also genetic disorders such as Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency that could present with mild to moderate copd, despite not being a smoker.
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Less common

But can be seen with those with allergies due to dust or those with alpha-1-antitrypsin (a!a) deficiencies.

In brief: Less common

But can be seen with those with allergies due to dust or those with alpha-1-antitrypsin (a!a) deficiencies.
Dr. Eric Toloza
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Dr. William Galli
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not common

There are genetic issues that can predispose you to a particular illness.
COPD is defines as an irreversible airway obstruction caused by noxious stimuli. Most common causes are tobacco but other causes as well. Old wood heat/environmental exposure and genetic factors to name a few. Alpha 1 antitrypsin a genetic problem that makes one more susceptible. Simple blood test usually free from drug comp.

In brief: Not common

There are genetic issues that can predispose you to a particular illness.
COPD is defines as an irreversible airway obstruction caused by noxious stimuli. Most common causes are tobacco but other causes as well. Old wood heat/environmental exposure and genetic factors to name a few. Alpha 1 antitrypsin a genetic problem that makes one more susceptible. Simple blood test usually free from drug comp.
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In brief: Not as common

Non-smokers can be exposed to second hand smoke and thus develop copd.
With many states prohibiting smoking in bars and resturants, the incidence in bartenders and resturant workers has definitely gone don. The are other non-smoking causes of COPD as well but they pale in comparison with smoking linked copd.

In brief: Not as common

Non-smokers can be exposed to second hand smoke and thus develop copd.
With many states prohibiting smoking in bars and resturants, the incidence in bartenders and resturant workers has definitely gone don. The are other non-smoking causes of COPD as well but they pale in comparison with smoking linked copd.
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