COPD: Differences Between Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema

In this video from Armando Hasudungan shared in October 2015, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is discussed using two metaphors: blue bloaters and pink puffers.

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The” blue bloaters” represent those who have chronic bronchitis and the “pink puffers” represent patients with emphysema. Hasudungan describes both diseases and how they affect the lungs of patients. Patients with chronic bronchitis will have symptoms such as shortness of breath, chronic cough, excessive mucus production and wheezing which can lead to pulmonary hypertension. Patients with emphysema have symptoms such as a barrel chest, enlarged lungs, shortness of breath, and weight loss.

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One comment

  1. David Raynor says:

    I must admit after reading this article that I find it quite offensive that people such as myself with severe emphysema are classed as pink puffers. Surely you have better things to do with your time and sponsorship money’s than play about naming these killing desease’s with stupid names. May I suggest you spend more time in the labs than in the infants school class rooms. You never know you may find a cure quicker if you don’t waste valuable time and money.

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