Unlike Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema is a type of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) that is a non-inflammatory disease of the lungs caused by the damage to the many tiny air sacs in the lungs. When this occurs, oxygen is reduced in the bloodstream and breathing is difficult. Although cigarette smoking is the leading cause of emphysema, continuous inhalation of other irritants can yield the same. In rare cases, this disease can also be caused by an inherited protein deficiency. The symptoms of Emphysema are similar to those for Chronic Bronchitis such as shortness of breath, irregularly fast rate, a lowered oxygen level in the blood.
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Bronchial thermoplasty: implementing best practice in the era of cost containment.
Abstract: Increasing dependence on advanced technologies in the 21st century has created a dilemma between the practice and business of medicine. From information technology to robotic surgery, new technologies have expanded treatment possibilities and have…
Severe pulmonary edema following hyperbaric oxygen therapy for acute carbon monoxide poisoning: a case report and clinical experience.
Abstract: Pulmonary edema following hyperbaric oxygen (HBO₂) therapy is a rare clinical phenomenon. This case report describes such a patient – a 56-year-old woman who suffered from severe pulmonary edema after HBO₂ therapy for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Patient…
Non-dysbaric arterial gas embolism associated with chronic necrotizing pneumonia, bullae and coughing: a case report.
Abstract: Arterial gas embolism (AGE) can be clinically devastating, and is most often associated with exposure to changes in ambient pressure, medical procedure or congenital malformation. Here we report a case of AGE in a 78-year-old male without these traditional…