What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Are the symptoms the same? How can they tell by the spirometry test?

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  1. Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator says:

    Hi Susanmarie and thanks so much for your question – it’s a good one! Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are both classified as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(s) and. although their symptoms are similar, the diseases are somewhat different. I thought you might find this article on that very subject to provide you with a bit more insight for your concern: https://copd.net/basics/damaged-lungs/. All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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