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Emphysema

Emphysema is a type of COPD that has a progressive course and is incurable. Learn more about emphysema and how it affects your breathing. Discover what causes emphysema, signs and symptoms of emphysema and how a diagnosis of emphysema is made. Learn how to prevent emphysema and the many treatment options available. Learn how to cope with emphysema.
  1. Emphysema Basics (7)
  2. Emphysema Treatment (12)
  3. AAT Deficiency (6)

Definition of Emphysema?
Learn the definition of emphysema and how it affects your breathing.

Complete Guide to Emphysema
A comprehensive guide to learning more about emphysema including causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms of Emphysema
Learn how to recognize and identify signs and symptoms of emphysema so you can get the treatment you need.

Diagnosis of Emphysema
A diagnosis of emphysema includes a thorough history and physical and a battery of diagnosis tests. Find out more about how your doctor makes a diagnosis of emphysema.

Treatment of Emphysema
The goal of emphysema treatment is to slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life. The treatment of emphysema includes smoking cessation, medications, oxygen, fluid management, pulmonary rehabilitation and lung surgery.

Complete Guide to Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency is an inherited condition caused by a lack of a protective protein called alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) that is produced by the liver. Eventually, lack of AAT can lead to COPD, specifically emphysema.

Tips on Quitting Smoking From A.D.A.M.
Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of emphysema. Commit to quit now by following these helpful tips on quitting smoking.

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