Boston, MA 02215
Treating Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema at BIDMC
The COPD Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a leader in multidisciplinary treatment of lung diseases.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) encompasses a group of lung diseases, most commonly emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema Emphysema results from damage to the air sacs and causes the lungs to be over inflated. In chronic bronchitis, mucus plugs and narrows the airways.
COPD makes breathing increasingly difficult. Eventually, COPD leads to shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, anxiety, and excessive fatigue. As the disease progresses, individuals may require oxygen therapy and experience decreased exercise capacity, leading to limited independence and poorer quality of life.
At BIDMC, we offer promising new treatments for those with advanced COPD. Our team of specialists work together to provide expert diagnosis and care. New therapies, recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), help reduce the symptoms of COPD. We actively participate in clinical trials, so our patients have access to promising new therapies. Our multidisciplinary specialists work together as a team, to help patients avoid hospitalizations and trips to the emergency room, and to improve their overall comfort and quality of life.