I do not know how to tell my friends that I have mild emphysema. I'm having problems with water retention and some minor breathing prblems, and at one time it was thought that I had heart failure. I don't know if mild emphysema could cause those problems. The spirometry tests that I took in December 2013 were normal. I quit smoking a little more than 5 years ago. (I thought that I had COPD because I suddenly developed "asthma"?)

Abdominal CT Scan Results (were assessing an adrenal gland tumor)

"2. 4 x 3 mm right lower lobe peri-fissural nodule in and changes of mild centrilobular emphysema. Follow-up CT chest is recommended."

My lungs have partially collapsed a few times and something was spotted on CT Scans before, but no one was ever really looking at the lungs. I have thyroid gland problems, too.
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replied November 8th, 2014
Thank you for asking

Adrenal gland tumor should be your main concern. SOmetimes paraneoplastic tumors are there and they present and worsen the chest symptoms further and metastasize too.

emphysema itself might play a role inbreathing difficulty too. Also if thyroid is enlarged retrosternally that may also cause breathing difficulty.

Nut shell, it needs a team management beyond the scope of this forum. You need to get help ASAP.

Take care

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