How Do I Know If I Have Emphysema?

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Progression of Emphysema: How Do You Know It’s Near the End?

Emphysema is one of the main diseases included in the diagnosis “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” or COPD. The other is chronic bronchitis. Most people with COPD have a combination of both. Some people have mostly chronic bronchitis, while others have mostly emphysema. In most cases, COPD is a disease caused by cigarette smoking.

 

Recent research suggests that pipe and cigar smoking may also contribute to lung abnormalities. The lungs have two basic functions: to bring in oxygen...

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