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Emphysema vs COPD is an important distinction. How do you know the difference?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
5 doctors agree

In brief: COPD more broad

COPD is a functional diagnosis, while emphysema is a diagnosis you make on a ct scan or pathology slide.
COPD includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue most often due to smoking. Chronic bronchitis is a chronic, productive cough, also most often due to smoking. The end result of both is the same: inability to blow all the air out of the lungs.

In brief: COPD more broad

COPD is a functional diagnosis, while emphysema is a diagnosis you make on a ct scan or pathology slide.
COPD includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue most often due to smoking. Chronic bronchitis is a chronic, productive cough, also most often due to smoking. The end result of both is the same: inability to blow all the air out of the lungs.
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Dr. Ramin Rafie
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Subtype

Emphysema is a subtype within copd.

In brief: Subtype

Emphysema is a subtype within copd.
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hello

Pulmonary function testing remains the gold standard.

In brief: Hello

Pulmonary function testing remains the gold standard.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Category...

Emphysema is a type of copd.
Another disease that is a type of COPD is chronic bronchitis. Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis fall under the category of copd.

In brief: Category...

Emphysema is a type of copd.
Another disease that is a type of COPD is chronic bronchitis. Both emphysema and chronic bronchitis fall under the category of copd.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: PFT

Pulmonary function testing is the gold standard ct can also help, with endinspiration and endexpiration.

In brief: PFT

Pulmonary function testing is the gold standard ct can also help, with endinspiration and endexpiration.
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