Were you looking for information about Emphysema? Emphazema is a common misspelling of emphysema.
Emphysema is a degenerative disease that may be caused by exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollutants, or other toxins that damage the lungs and airway. People with this condition often experience shortness of breath. Other symptoms can include chronic mucus production, wheezing, and coughing.
The condition cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. A careful history focusing on the number and duration of these symptoms, as well as smoking and occupational histories, is essential for diagnosing emphysema. Routine lung function tests can determine several characteristics and capabilities of the lungs. These and other test results are then compared to values considered healthy for various age groups, heights, weights, genders, and races.
(Click Emphysema to learn about how this disease affects the lungs and breathing. This eMedTV article provides a more detailed list of symptoms as well as treatment options for the disease. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more information.)
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