Snarking toward Enlightenment (chaosphaere) wrote in little_details,
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Emphysema

Do people who 1) are lifelong nonsmokers, 2) don't live in an area with a lot of dust or pollution, 3) don't have a predisposing genetic condition, 4) and are otherwise healthy - ever get emphysema?

The character in question ultimately dies of it, but has had the following happen. 1) While otherwise healthy, he has a history of lung injuries and issues. He suffered a punctured lung and pneumothorax as result of a war injury. 2) Years after that, he spent about two months practically starving, in a little room filled with lots of mold and every known nasty fungus. He had a lung abscess and fungal pneumonia, and survived following a long recovery (and getting out of that bad situation). He was in reasonably good health for many years before his lungs finally failed.

I am wondering if any of the previous could predispose one to emphysema, or what other lung problems they could be at risk for.

Most of the emphysema stories I have been reading, are the sequelae of a lifetime of smoking...
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