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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD and restrictive

06/03/2008

Question:

My husband has been diagnosed with both copd and restrictive lung disease. What is his prognosis? Is it terminal? He just got out of hospital.

Answer:

Obstuctive and restrictive lung disease affect the lungs differently. With restrictive lung disease, there is a decreased amount of air in the lungs. With obstructive lung disease, the total amount of air in the lungs is often normal or increased, but there is diffiulty getting air out fast enough. Without knowing more about the actual pulmonary function results, it would be difficult to give you any indication of how severe he is or what the prognosis will be.

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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