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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

post nasal drip

03/01/2010

Question:

can post nasal drip cause emphysema

Answer:

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.

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Gretchen   Whitby, APRN Gretchen Whitby, APRN
Nurse Practitioner of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University