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Women’s Health Library

Our Health Library information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Please be advised that this information is made available to assist our patients to learn more about their health. Our providers may not see and/or treat all topics found herein.

Emphysema

Emphysema is a long-term (chronic), irreversible lung disease that occurs when the tiny air sacs in the lungs are damaged, usually as a result of long-term smoking. It causes difficulty breathing and shortness of breath that gets worse over time. Emphysema is often a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A rare type of emphysema is caused by the lack of a substance in the lungs called alpha-1 antitrypsin. This type of emphysema is usually inherited.

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Telehealth & COVID-19

Telehealth Visits are available. Request by calling (650) 239-5303 or  click “Request Appointment” above. We have a secure HIPAA compliant platform that allows me discuss your health matters privately. If you need an in person visit, please know we are using CDC guidelines of distancing patients and disinfecting. Masks are mandatory for all staff and patients. Dr Serrato does not see COVID patients here nor those with any respiratory symptoms. Your safety is of the utmost concern to me.… Continue Reading