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Tubes called airways carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have COPD, these airways may become partly blocked from inflammation and thickening. This makes it more difficult to breathe.

At the end of the airways are many tiny balloon-like air sacs, which inflate and deflate when you breathe in and out. With COPD, these air sacs lose their elasticity. This can also make it more difficult for you to get air in and out of your lungs.

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