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Signs & Symptoms Pulmonology

Signs and Symptoms

A person with emphysema will have shortness of breath — during physical activity and, when the condition is more advanced, also during rest. Patients may eventually need supplemental oxygen and may have to rely on mechanical respiratory devices.

Other symptoms of emphysema include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.