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What is obstructive lung disease?

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People with obstructive lung disease have shortness of breath because they can't breathe out all the air from their lungs. If their lungs are damaged or their airways are narrow, breathed-out air comes out more slowly than normal. An unusually high amount of air may stay in their lungs.

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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