Emphysema

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Emphysema

Emphysema is a chronic (long term) lung condition. It is a form of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The air you breathe goes into your lungs through airways. At the end of our airways in our lungs are tiny air sacs (alveoli). It is the air sacs that become damaged over time in emphysema. As the air sacs are damaged, their inner walls break down causing the sac to become larger. Larger sacs absorb less oxygen than those of normal size. The damage also causes difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. The damaged air sacs cannot be replaced.

Symptoms of emphysema may not occur until years after the damage to the air sacs begins. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, decreased mental alertness, and blue or gray fingertips or lips. Risk of developing emphysema is increased if there has been long-term exposure to airborne irritants including tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke, air pollution, and manufacturing fumes. A less common form of emphysema is caused by the lack of a special type of protein (alpha-1-antitrypsin). This type of emphysema is usually caused by a mutation or change in your genes and therefore will run in families.

To diagnosis emphysema, a physician may perform a variety of tests, which may include a chest x-ray to rule out other causes, lab tests to examine oxygen in the blood stream, and lung function tests to measure air flow in and out of the lungs. Treatment to relieve symptoms and slow the progression of the disease may include medications, therapy, or surgery. See a doctor if you have had unexplained shortness of breath for several months, particularly if it is getting worse or interfering with your daily activities. If you have been diagnosed with emphysema, talk with your doctor or specialist about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also a good source of information and support.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Emphysema" returned 797 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Therapeutic management of massive subcutaneous emphysema, bilateral pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum after anterior cordectomy for in situ vocal cord carcinoma - case report.
 

Author(s): Cc Georgescu, C Margaritescu, I Osman, M Stoica, M Mitroi, V Surlin

Journal: Chirurgia (Bucur). ;109(6):822-6.

 

We present the case of a 70 year-old smoker patient, who was admitted in hospital for removal of a tumour located on the left vocal cord. After direct suspension laryngoscopy (with tumorbiopsy sampling), preliminary histopathological exam revealed an in situ carcinoma. At 2 weeks ...

Last Updated: 6 Jan 2015

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Cor pulmonale parvus in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema: the MESA COPD study.
 

Author(s): Steven M Kawut, Hooman D Poor, Megha A Parikh, Katja Hueper, Benjamin M Smith, David A Bluemke, João A C Lima, Martin R Prince, Eric A Hoffman, John H M Austin, Jens Vogel-Claussen, R Graham Barr

Journal: J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.. 2014 Nov;64(19):2000-9.

 

The classic cardiovascular complication of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is cor pulmonale or right ventricular (RV) enlargement. Most studies of cor pulmonale were conducted decades ago.

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2014

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The association of plasma biomarkers with computed tomography-assessed emphysema phenotypes.
 

Author(s): Brendan J Carolan, Grant Hughes, Jarrett Morrow, Craig P Hersh, Wanda K O'Neal, Stephen Rennard, Sreekumar G Pillai, Paula Belloni, Debra A Cockayne, Alejandro P Comellas, Meilan Han, Rachel L Zemans, Katerina Kechris, Russell P Bowler

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a phenotypically heterogeneous disease. In COPD, the presence of emphysema is associated with increased mortality and risk of lung cancer. High resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scans are useful in quantifying emphysema but are associated ...

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2014

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The terms "Emphysema" returned 85 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema: an increasingly recognized condition.
 

Author(s): Olívia Meira Dias, Bruno Guedes Baldi, André Nathan Costa, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho

Journal: J Bras Pneumol. ;40(3):304-12.

 

Combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema (CPFE) has been increasingly recognized in the literature. Patients with CPFE are usually heavy smokers or former smokers with concomitant lower lobe fibrosis and upper lobe emphysema on chest HRCT scans. They commonly present with severe ...

Last Updated: 17 Jul 2014

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Subcutaneous emphysema--beyond the pneumoperitoneum.
 

Author(s): Douglas E Ott

Journal: JSLS. ;18(1):1-7.

 

Subcutaneous emphysema and gas extravasation outside of the peritoneal cavity during laparoscopy has consequences. Knowledge of the circumstances that increase the potential for subcutaneous emphysema is necessary for safe laparoscopy.

Last Updated: 31 Mar 2014

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In patients with extensive subcutaneous emphysema, which technique achieves maximal clinical resolution: infraclavicular incisions, subcutaneous drain insertion or suction on in situ chest drain?
 

Author(s): Charles H N Johnson, Sommer A Lang, Haris Bilal, Kandadai S Rammohan

Journal: Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2014 Jun;18(6):825-9.

 

A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was: 'In patients with extensive subcutaneous emphysema, which technique achieves maximal clinical resolution: infraclavicular incisions, subcutaneous drain insertion or ...

Last Updated: 20 May 2014

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Endoscopic Lung Volume Reduction in Patients With Advanced Emphysema Due to alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hereditary Emphysema (Alpha 1-antitrypsin Deficiency)

 

Last Updated: 19 May 2011

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Management of Patients With Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Associated Emphysema
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Alpha 1-Antitrypsin Deficiency; Emphysema

 

Last Updated: 6 Dec 2010

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