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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

`Age` of lungs

05/15/2008

Question:

I have been sick for 2 weeks and recently had a chest x-ray. Although I do not have pneumonia, the doctor commented "nice lungs, they are the lungs of a 30 year old". I am 45, female, and in very good shape as I exercise daily. Can you tell me, other than a compliment, what did his comment actually mean?

Answer:

He probably means that there were no abnormalities. It would be difficult to distinguish between "30 year old lungs and 45 year lungs" on a chest xray. You should probably ask your doctor if you want further clarification.

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