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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
I have Stage III emphysema. Pulmonary function test of 36%. I am 75. What length of time do I have left. I`m on oxygen 24/7 and have been for two months.
Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, without knowing more about how short of breath you are with activity, your body weight and your exercise capacity, it is difficult to give you a reliable estimate of life expectancy.
Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University