Comparison table of emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma including general characteristics, labs, and treatment. This is a Word document (.doc).© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 1:14 am ad1c9bdddf
Emphysema Chronic bronchitis asthma
General Air spaces enlarged as a result of destruction of alveolar septa; etiology unknown, possibly due to increased proteolytic enzymes, smoking, alpha-1-antitrypsin Excessive sputum production w/chronic or recurring cough on most days for 3 months of the year for at least two years Chronic inflammatory disorder of airway
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A comparison table of obstructive pulmonary diseases as a guide. Includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma.