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A pathological diagnosis defined as the permanent destructive enlargement of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles, resulting in loss of alveolar surface area and reduction of oxygen exchange. Scarring of the lungs, usually caused by pollutants. At one point it was determined that over 95% of all people with emphysema were smokers. Just about everyone else had been working in an environment that had severely toxic pollutants. Smoking causes a temporary paralysis of the cilia in the lungs. Cilia are the fine, hair-like structures that are constantly in motion to move toxic particles out of the lungs. When the cilia are paralyzed, toxic particles can stay in one place and cause irritation. The irritation eventually turns to scar tissue and/or cancer. Smoking one cigarette can cause paralysis of the cilia for about an hour. It's as though cigarettes were specifically designed to cause emphysema. They have the toxic stubstances and they have a method of keeping the substances in contact with the lungs.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. It makes it difficult to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD: Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus; Emphysema, which involves destruction of the lungs over time.

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What is the cure for emphysema?

There is no cure for emphysema.

What is a cure for emphysema?

There is no known treatment for Emphysema

How does emphysema happen?

Emphysema is caused by smoking.

What is the prefix and suffix for emphysema?

prefix for emphysema

What is emphysema nec?

Emphysema not elsewhere classified

Does emphysema cause respiratory emphysema?

Emphysema IS a respiratory problem. Emphysema is one of many conditions that are collectively called COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

What is the scientific name of emphysema?

Emphysema is the scientific name.

How does emphysema spread?

Emphysema is not contagious, so no it can not be spread.

Is emphysema life threatening?

Mild to moderate emphysema usually is not life threatening. Severe emphysema can be.

What are the origins of emphysema?

Emphysema has been around as long as cigars. Also, Emphysema has benn around for thousands of years, since the Egyptian times. Emphysema was just recently discovered.

What is the medical term meaning disease characterized by loss of elasticity overexpansion and destruction of the alveoli?

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What are causes of emphysema?

Cigarettes smoking is the major cause of emphysema,

Is emphysema a disease associated with the skeleton?

Emphysema does not have to do with bones. Emphysema is one of many chronic obstructive lung diseases.

Can you survive emphysema?

People do not recover from emphysema, but sometimes they survive for many years, despite having the disease. Eventually emphysema is fatal.

Is emphysema contagious?

Emphysema is a non-infectious disease, which means that it is not contagious. You can get emphysema only by smoking, or in some rare cases, by heredity.

Can valley fever contribute to Emphysema?

Yes, it can act like emphysema.

Where is emphysema found?

Emphysema affects the lungs. It is a chronic disease, and progressive.

When was emphysema found?

by smoking and dirty plice working cause emphysema

Can emphysema be prevented?

Yes, not smoking can prevent emphysema. However, it can not be cured.

Can Emphysema be reversed?

Emphysema is a serious and chronic disease that cannot be reversed

How does emphysema effect fick's law?

in emphysema the surface of exchange is reduced

How do you spell emphysema?

The correct spelling is "emphysema" (a chronic respiratory disease).

Is copd the same as emphysema?

Emphysema is one type of COPD. There are others.

Is lung emphysema transferable?

is tuberculosis is the same with emphysema

How has emphysema increased in the US?

The more cigarettes produced and smoked, the more cases of Emphysema are reported. But, half the cases of Emphysema are second-hand smoke.