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Thursday, December 12, 2013
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
post nasal drip
can post nasal drip cause emphysema
Hello, Post nasal drip does not cause emphysema. Emphysema is the abnormal and permanent enlargement of the airspaces that are distal to the terminal bronchioles. Cigarette smoking is the primary cause of emphysema. It can also be caused by a hereditary deficiency in alpha 1-antitrypsin.
Gretchen Whitby, APRN
Nurse Practitioner of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University