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Quitting smoking can slow the worsening of emphysema symptoms.

Quitting smoking can slow the worsening of emphysema symptoms.
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Emphysema diagnosis

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

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