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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Life Expectancy



What is the average life expectancy of someone in the first stages of emphysema that doesn`t smoke.


Thank you for visiting NetWellness and for your question. The best information we have for people in the early stages of emphysema with no symptoms and not smoking is that the vast majority will be alive in 5 years. The most important factor is to not smoke. More specific information can only be provided by a health professional familiar with your care. 

You may find the following guidelines helpful in knowing what to expect:

Emphysema: Stages and Life Expectancy

Please accept our best wishes.

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Response by:

Michael E Ezzie, MD Michael E Ezzie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University