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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD

12/29/2009

Question:

my husband has 40% of his lungs doctor said if he gets to 30% he will be in a chair his breathing is worse now he cant breath when he eats walks showers and his oxygen is is between 93 and 86 how long can you live like that he is going down hill fast

Answer:

Without knowing much about your husband's age, pulmonary function, other medical conditions and functional status, it would be hard for us to answer your question. However, depending on his diagnosis, the degree and severity of his lung disease, he might be a candidate for lung volume reduction surgery or lung transplant. You should discuss this further with his physicians or a pulmonary specialist.

Please accept our best wishes.

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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

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University