The different forms of emphysema
Emphysema comes in three different forms: centriacinar, panacinar and paraseptal.
- Centriacinar emphysema – This is the most common form of emphysema. It is the one that is associated with smoking. It primarily affects the upper half of your lungs.
- Panacinar emphysema – This is the form of emphysema associated with Alpha-1 protein deficiency. The Alpha-1 protein is vital to proper lung function. The deficiency of the Alpha-1 protein is a rare genetic condition, so panacinar emphysema is not as common as centriacinar. Panacinar emphysema primarily affects the lower half of the lungs.
- Paraseptal emphysema – This type of emphysema affects the smaller surfaces of your lungs, like your septae or pleura. This kind of emphysema can accompany either of the other forms and may exist on its own as a result of other lung infections, such as fibrosis.
No matter which form of emphysema you may have, there are treatment options available.
Getting treatment for emphysema
At the Lung Health Institute, we specialize in researching and developing natural treatment methods that assist the body with its natural healing processes. Our Lung Restoration Treatment™ uses a concentrated form of the body’s own blood cells to target lung infection and help reduce inflammation.
Would you like to speak with a patient coordinator at the Lung Health Institute about whether Lung Restoration Therapy™ is right for treating your emphysema? Contact us today to schedule your appointment and begin your journey to Breathe Easier™.