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If you never smoked anything, is there any chance of getting copd?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
5 doctors agree

In brief: Small

About 5-10 % of cases of COPD are not linked to smoking.
The bulk of these have poorly controlled asthma, in which the asthma which is mostly reversible begins to leave behind a degree of "fixed" airway obstruction.

In brief: Small

About 5-10 % of cases of COPD are not linked to smoking.
The bulk of these have poorly controlled asthma, in which the asthma which is mostly reversible begins to leave behind a degree of "fixed" airway obstruction.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Ramin Rafie
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If your spouse smoked daily and you lived in a small space/home with them. May also be exposed to many irritants during job exposure if working in a factory.

In brief: Yes

If your spouse smoked daily and you lived in a small space/home with them. May also be exposed to many irritants during job exposure if working in a factory.
Dr. Ramin Rafie
Dr. Ramin Rafie
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes...

There are types of COPD that can occur in non-smokers, like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, which is an enzyme deficiency that leads to a type of emphysema, a form of copd.
These patients can be treated with enzyme replacement therapy. They often develop COPD at a younger age and if they do smoke, this disease is more severe. It is diagnosed via a blood test.

In brief: Yes...

There are types of COPD that can occur in non-smokers, like alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, which is an enzyme deficiency that leads to a type of emphysema, a form of copd.
These patients can be treated with enzyme replacement therapy. They often develop COPD at a younger age and if they do smoke, this disease is more severe. It is diagnosed via a blood test.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Occasionally

About 10% of COPD patients have never smoked.
Therefore it is rare.

In brief: Occasionally

About 10% of COPD patients have never smoked.
Therefore it is rare.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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