NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Monday, May 25, 2015
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
`Age` of lungs
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?
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.
Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University