Emphysema is a long-term, progressive disease of lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath. In people with emphysema, the tissues necessary to support the physical shape and function of the lungs are destroyed.
Emphysema is known as an obstructive lung disease because airflow on exhalation is slowed or stopped because over-inflated alveoli do not exchange gases.
Signs and symptoms
The most common symptoms of emphysema include:
The causes of emphysema include:
Treatment for emphysema can take many forms.
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