Emphysema is often caused by smoking. Quitting today can prevent it or slow its progression.
What is emphysema?
Emphysema, a type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), damages the air sacs – or alveoli – in the lungs.
What causes emphysema?
Cigarette smoking is the most common cause. If you quit smoking, you may keep from developing the disease or stop it from getting worse.
What are the symptoms of emphysema?
Emphysema can make it difficult for your body to get the oxygen it needs. You may have a hard time catching breath. You also may have trouble breathing during exercise.
How does Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center diagnose emphysema?
Your doctor may use a chest X-ray, CT (computerized tomography) scans and blood and lung-function tests to determine whether you have emphysema.
How does Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center treat emphysema?
Treatments include inhalers, oxygen, medications and sometimes surgery to relieve symptoms and prevent complications. Ohio State offers lung volume reduction surgery, an innovative procedure that improves capacity by removing diseased parts of the lungs.
Why choose Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center for emphysema treatment?
Ohio State offers lung volume reduction surgery for people with severe emphysema. This innovative procedure improves lung capacity by removing diseased parts.