Emphysema is a lung disease in which the slow destruction of alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs causes extreme shortness of breath, and eventually, death. The disease causes infected air sacs to swell and rupture, decreasing the amount of lung tissue available for breathing.
Causes of Emphysema
This slow developing lung disease is caused by chronic irritation to the lungs. The most common culprit is long-term smoking. Heavy or long-term smokers are at increased risk of developing emphysema. Some other causes of emphysema include:
- Occupational chemicals or dusts
- Air pollution
Symptoms of Emphysema
Some common symptoms of emphysema include:
- Shortness of breath
- Tolerance for exercise decreases
- Chest tightness or pain
If you have developed emphysema as a result of tobacco use or work in a contaminated workplace, you may be able to obtain financial compensation from the responsible party. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.