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What are obstructive versus restrictive lung disease?

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Obstructive lung diseases include conditions that make it hard to breathe out all the air in your lungs.

People with restrictive lung disease have a hard time filling their lungs with air.

Obstructive and restrictive lung disease share the same main symptom: shortness of breath with labor or exercise.

From: Obstructive and Restrictive Lung Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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Mason, R. , Saunders, 2010. News release, FDA. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th Edition

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National Institutes of Health.

Vainshelboim, B et al. Respiration 2014; 88(5):378-88

Reviewed by Louise Chang on February 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , Saunders, 2010. News release, FDA. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th Edition

Medline Plus.

National Institutes of Health.

Vainshelboim, B et al. Respiration 2014; 88(5):378-88

Reviewed by Louise Chang on February 4, 2018

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