Your doctor can diagnose emphysema by talking to you and examining you. They may also ask for:
- blood tests
- a separate test of blood from an artery to check oxygen levels
- a chest x-ray
- tests to see how well your lungs work.
Some people may also be asked to have:
Most people who develop emphysema are diagnosed in their 50s. People with a genetic defect may be diagnosed earlier.
Last reviewed: November 2016