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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) involving damage to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. Discuss topics including causes, symptoms and treatment options.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. It makes it difficult to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD:


Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus


Emphysema, which involves destruction of the lungs over time

Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.
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