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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Re: COPD

07/15/2010

Question:

I just want to ask if a person has COPD and she is 24/7 with her oxygen in 3 litres, what will happen to her if her oxygen is off from 6 to 8 hours?

Answer:

The question about intermittent use of oxygen is difficult to answer without more details. However, in general it depends upon how critical is the need for oxygen supplementation and a host of other factors related to the individual person. There are several long-term studies ongoing currently that are attempting to address some of these important questions so we may be able to provide more definitive recommendations in the next few years.

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Response by:

Mark D Wewers, MD Mark D Wewers, MD
Professor of Pulmonology, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics
Environmental Health Sciences
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University