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Emphysema

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Emphysema

If you are living with emphysema, the main type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), specialists of Jefferson's Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine can deliver comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for this chronic and debilitating condition.

Emphysema is mostly due to excessive cigarette smoking, which causes damage and destruction to the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. Our pulmonologists use endoscopic, imaging and physiologic testing procedures to diagnose emphysema and recommend the best therapies.

At Jefferson, we have special programs in asthma, emphysema and interstitial lung disease and apply the newest technology and strategies in ventilator and respiratory care and in weaning patients from ventilator dependency.