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How does obstructive lung disease affect the body?

The airflow obstruction caused by obstructive lung disease cause the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body to become irregular. This affects the blood flow and pressure in the arteries, and may lead to pulmonary hypertension. Sometimes the breathing pattern of the body becomes abnormal. This disease may cause the lungs to increase in size due to trapped air, resulting in an enlarged chest.

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Does obstructive lung disease affect children differently than adults?
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When does obstructive lung disease begin to develop?
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