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What is emphysema ?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Definition...
Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It is usually caused by cigarette smoking which damages the lungs leading to this disease. It is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Once present, treatments are aimed at reducing symptoms and insuring that there is enough oxygen in the body to support it. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation.

In brief: Definition...
Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It is usually caused by cigarette smoking which damages the lungs leading to this disease. It is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Once present, treatments are aimed at reducing symptoms and insuring that there is enough oxygen in the body to support it. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Destruction of lung
This is destruction of lung tissue, most often from smoking.
It can cause symptoms of cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. It is diagnosed by imaging and lung function tests.

In brief: Destruction of lung
This is destruction of lung tissue, most often from smoking.
It can cause symptoms of cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. It is diagnosed by imaging and lung function tests.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Katharine Cox
There is a disease called alpha 1 anti trypsin deficiency that causes early onset of emphysema, it your 20's
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: COPD
It is a chronic-obstructive-pulmonary disease (COPD) defined pathologically as: abnormal and permanent enlargement of air spaces in your lungs (not the airways), and destructions of structures called a aveolar walls without fibrosis (scarring).
There is much information about this diease and so if you are curious, go to national lung, heart, blood institute (nhlbi.Nih.Gov) to learn... Good luck.

In brief: COPD
It is a chronic-obstructive-pulmonary disease (COPD) defined pathologically as: abnormal and permanent enlargement of air spaces in your lungs (not the airways), and destructions of structures called a aveolar walls without fibrosis (scarring).
There is much information about this diease and so if you are curious, go to national lung, heart, blood institute (nhlbi.Nih.Gov) to learn... Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
sorry..the website is NHLBI.nih.gov For some reason, I cannot edit the above text..
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Destruction of lungs
Your lungs are supposed to be soft and spongy.
Emphysema, your lungs are basically like swiss cheese, stiff, and not very functional (depending on how severe it is). It is commonly associated with smoking, but there are some rare genetic disorders that can do it as well.

In brief: Destruction of lungs
Your lungs are supposed to be soft and spongy.
Emphysema, your lungs are basically like swiss cheese, stiff, and not very functional (depending on how severe it is). It is commonly associated with smoking, but there are some rare genetic disorders that can do it as well.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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