... I was in the advanced stages of emphysema by the time I was diagnosed. I needed 3 lungs surgeries called LVRS, to help my breathing. ... (5 replies)
... antitrypsin deficiency disease. What troubledchild is describing, doesn't sound like emphysema at all. But I agree with everyone that has answered that she should at least go to the GP. ... (10 replies)
... There is a hereditary component to emphysema, but I wonder do you experience any other symptoms? ... (10 replies)
... My grandmother had emphysema and so did my father, is this hereditary that I could have it. I did smoke years ago but quit. ... (10 replies)
... Hi Peter,
I've been making my rounds here at this board and zoning in on ones that sound similar to what I have called "alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency". I'm always amazed at how little is posted about it. Please take a look at the topic here called "uggggg someone please help!!!!! " or "Hereditary Emphysema called Alpha-1",...I go into detail of what alpha-1 is. It may... (22 replies)
... Antitrypsin Deficiency. This is a form of hereditary emphysema starting in young adults. It is often misdiagnosed as asthma. ... (9 replies)
... Emphysema caused by environmental factors isn't hereditary.
Emphysema caused by age isn't hereditary, but it happens to some degree in many seniors.
Emphysema can be caused by factors that are hereditary, though it's a fair bit rarer.
Pain in your chest and pain in your shoulder blades -- I would say go to a doctor, but some things to consider mentioning to your dr... (9 replies)
... You know I really don't have any ashtma symptoms that I know of. Only when the Pulmanologist told me I had low lung function and stated it was some asthma-like condition. He also stated that since I was just getting over bronchitis, asthma can initroduce itself at that time. (I'm in my mid 60's, never had anything like asthma as a child). I also had the emphysema test for... (18 replies)
... The beginnings of emphysema are cough and shortness of breath with exertion. You don't have either one, so I don't think you have to worry about emphysema. ... (7 replies)
... There is one type of emphysema that is hereditary,its called Alpha-1 related emphysema,its caused by a missing enzyme.I believe they detect if its missing by a blood test.
The American Lung Association webpage has info about it on their website
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"Theres 2 things I've learned"1.Theres a God and 2 I'm not Him" (9 replies)