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A man in his 30's was misdiagnosed with asthma when he really had genetic emphysema . Doctors generally don't test for COPD's under the age of 50 resulting in late diagnosis for many. By this time a lot of damage may already have occurred. This man believes that early diagnosis would have meant early treatment and hence removed the need for double lung transplant.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Florida Today
About: Simple test usually reserved for those over 50 could uncover genetic emphysema
Date: 7 June 2004
Source: Florida Today
Author: Susan Jenks
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