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Emphysema is one of the diseases that comprises COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Emphysema involves gradual damage of lung tissue, specifically thinning and destruction of the alveoli or air sacs.

  • Air sacs are destroyed in emphysema, making it progressively difficult to breathe.
  • Emphysema is usually accompanied by chronic bronchitis, with almost-daily or daily cough and phlegm.
  • Cigarette smoking is the major cause of emphysema.
  • People with emphysema experience shortness of breath with activities
  • It is not curable, but there are treatments that can help you manage the disease