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Types of COPD

Types of COPD

COPD is usually the result of a combination of two conditions, emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis. Most people who have COPD have both conditions. Emphysema occurs when the alveoli, small air sacks in the lungs where oxygen is absorbed into the body, are damaged by smoke or other lung irritants. This damage also can destroy the walls of the air sacs, resulting in fewer and larger air sacs and less ability to absorb oxygen into the bloodstream.

Chronic irritation and inflammation of the airways is the hallmark of chronic obstructive bronchitis. The airway becomes thickened and overproduces mucus, leading to airway obstruction.

COPD: Types list

The list of types of COPD mentioned in various sources includes:

Curable Types of COPD:

  • Smoking induced COPD
  • Occupational exposure induced COPD
  • Air pollution induced COPD

Rare Types of COPD:

COPD: Rare Types

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

COPD: Related Disease Topics

More general medical disease topics related to COPD include:

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