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9.4 Emphysema

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It is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath due to over-inflation of the alveoli (air sacs in the lung).

Diagnostic Criteria

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough, sometimes caused by the production of mucus
  • Wheezing

Non-Pharmacological Treatment:

  • Stop smoking
  • B:¬†Give oxygen

Pharmacological Treatment:

Treatment as in section 9.2 above

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