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Why are emphysema patients more prone to infections such as bronchitis?
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Poor defense
Emphysema can impair the lung's normal defense mechanisms of clearing bacteria and allow an infection to get established.
Chronic bronchitis is actually more prone to develop infections than pure emphysema. Both are under the broader category of copd. Active cigarette smoking also increases the risk.

In brief: Poor defense
Emphysema can impair the lung's normal defense mechanisms of clearing bacteria and allow an infection to get established.
Chronic bronchitis is actually more prone to develop infections than pure emphysema. Both are under the broader category of copd. Active cigarette smoking also increases the risk.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
In brief: COPD
Emphysema patients has chronic obstructive lung disease so any infection can set in easily.
It is manifested by shortness of breath and coughing episodes. Meds are necessary.

In brief: COPD
Emphysema patients has chronic obstructive lung disease so any infection can set in easily.
It is manifested by shortness of breath and coughing episodes. Meds are necessary.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: No idea
But we know how to fix it.

In brief: No idea
But we know how to fix it.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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