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 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 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.

If you need at-home therapy equipment

If you need home medical equipment such as at-home oxygen therapy, it’s easy to obtain quickly through Ohio State Home Medical Equipment (OSHME).

A joint venture between Ohio State Health Inc. and DASCO Home Medical Equipment, OSHME has staff and supplies on hand for Ohio State patients. To lean more about available equipment, place an order or talk to a specialist, visit godasco.com.

Why choose Ohio State 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.

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