Is Emphysema Fatal?

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Symptoms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough with or without sputum production
  • Wheezing
  • Decreased ability to exercise
Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease include the following:
  • Anxiety
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Ankle, feet, and leg swelling
  • Fatigue

Signs and tests

A physical examination may show wheezing, decreased breath sounds, or prolonged exhalation (exhalation takes more than...

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