12 doctors weighed in:
What sort of disorder is emphysema?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: COPD
Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd).
It is characterized by chronic obstruction in the airways usually due to smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. The diagnosis is made by an evaluation by a doctor as well as pulmonary function tests. There are treatments available. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further lung damage.

In brief: COPD
Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd).
It is characterized by chronic obstruction in the airways usually due to smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. The diagnosis is made by an evaluation by a doctor as well as pulmonary function tests. There are treatments available. Smoking cessation is important to prevent further lung damage.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Thank
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Overinflated lungs
Emphysema is an enlargement of the airspaces in the lung.
It leads to obstruction of airflow, and inefficient gas exchange. It can be fatal, and will soon be the third leading cause of death in th us. Its principle cause is cigarette or tobacco exposure.

In brief: Overinflated lungs
Emphysema is an enlargement of the airspaces in the lung.
It leads to obstruction of airflow, and inefficient gas exchange. It can be fatal, and will soon be the third leading cause of death in th us. Its principle cause is cigarette or tobacco exposure.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Thank
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Emphysema.
Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort.
It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable.

In brief: Emphysema.
Emphysema is a destruction of lung tissue with resultant reduction in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange and respiratory effort.
It's usually due to smoking but could be due to other medial conditions. It's treatable but not curable.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
Thank
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Destruction of lung
Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often from smoking.
I some people, it is due to a genetic deficiency of a particular blocking enzyme. It causes difficulty breathing, especially in its advanced stages. But, many people with emphysema live full and active lives, especially with proper treatment.

In brief: Destruction of lung
Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue, most often from smoking.
I some people, it is due to a genetic deficiency of a particular blocking enzyme. It causes difficulty breathing, especially in its advanced stages. But, many people with emphysema live full and active lives, especially with proper treatment.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors