Distribution and Incidence

Because emphysema is, by definition, a morphological diagnosis, its presence and prevalence depend on the interpretation of an examination of the lungs during an autopsy. Obvious emphysema is likely to be found in at least 50 percent of an average autopsy population, with a frequency of about 65 percent in men and 15 percent in women. Incidence increases with age, reaching 30 percent by the fourth decade and 60 percent by the seventh decade of life. It has been suggested that at least some emphysema may be a universal finding in elderly adults if properly prepared lungs are carefully examined.

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