COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis

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COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, refers to two related conditions: emphysema -- when air sacs in the lungs that help transfer oxygen into the blood are destroyed -- and chronic bronchitis -- when airways leading to the lungs become inflamed, irritated, and scarred. No matter whether you have chronic bronchitis or emphysema, Duke’s nationally ranked lung program offers the latest diagnostic tools and treatments to reduce your COPD symptoms, increase your lung function, and improve your quality of life.