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Emphysema

What is emphysema?

Emphysema is a type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). COPD is a group of lung diseases that make it hard to breathe and get worse over time. The other main type of COPD is chronic bronchitis. Most people with COPD have both emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but how severe each type is can be different from person to person.

Emphysema affects the air sacs in your lungs. Normally, these sacs are elastic or stretchy. When you breathe in, each air sac fills up with air, like a small balloon. When you breathe out, the air sacs deflate, and the air goes out.

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  1. Emphysema (National Library of Medicine)  
    What is emphysema? Emphysema is a type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). COPD is a group of lung diseases that make it ... chronic bronchitis. Most people with COPD have both emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but how severe each type ...
  2. Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (National Library of Medicine)  
    What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AAT deficiency)? Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AAT deficiency, or AATD) is an inherited condition that raises ...
  3. Subcutaneous (under the skin) emphysema occurs when air gets into tissues under the skin. This most often occurs in the skin covering the chest or ...
  4. ... respiratory infections, and fatigue. Affected individuals often develop emphysema, which is a lung disease caused by damage ... sacs in the lungs (alveoli). Characteristic features of emphysema include difficulty breathing, a hacking cough, and a ...
  5. ... which involves a long-term cough with mucus Emphysema, which involves damage to the lungs over time ... protein called alpha-1 antitrypsin , they can develop emphysema even without smoking. Other risk factors for COPD ...
  6. Emphysema/Statistics and Research ... Emphysema
  7. Emphysema is a lung disease involving damage to the air sacs (alveoli). There is progressive destruction of ...
  8. ClinicalTrials.gov: Emphysema From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
    Emphysema/Clinical Trials ... Emphysema
  9. Quick-relief medicines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) work quickly to help you breathe better. You take them when ...
  10. A nebulizer is a small machine that turns liquid medicine into a mist that can be easily inhaled. You sit with the machine and breathe ...
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