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What are the symptoms of emphysema?

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In addition to shortness of breath, you may have:

  • Wheezing
  • A cough that won’t go away
  • Chest tightness or pain

As your emphysema gets worse, you may lose your appetite. You might also feel depressed, have poor sexual function, or find that you don’t sleep as well as you used to.

SOURCES:

The Journal of Clinical Investigation: “Molecular pathogenesis of emphysema.”

Albert R. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, Mosby Elsevier, 2008.

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Thorax: “Developing COPD: a 25 year follow up study of the general population.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 17, 2019

SOURCES:

The Journal of Clinical Investigation: “Molecular pathogenesis of emphysema.”

Albert R. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, Mosby Elsevier, 2008.

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Thorax: “Developing COPD: a 25 year follow up study of the general population.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 17, 2019

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