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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  • Nanatheresa
    6 months ago

    This was very good information. I wish my doctor had information like this for me. I am glad to have this blog for accurate information.

  • Allyson.Ellis moderator
    6 months ago

    Nanatheresa, I am so glad you are finding the site to be a good source of information for you! Thank you for your kind words and being part of the community! ~Allyson (COPD.net team)

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    6 months ago

    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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