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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD/Emphysema

07/29/2008

Question:

I have Stage III emphysema. Pulmonary function test of 36%. I am 75. What length of time do I have left. I`m on oxygen 24/7 and have been for two months.

Answer:

Thank you for your question.  Unfortunately, without knowing more about how short of breath you are with activity, your body weight and your exercise capacity, it is difficult to give you a reliable estimate of life expectancy.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University