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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD

07/12/2010

Question:

My husband has COPD with about 20% of his lungs left. he is 84. hes on oxygen 24/7 plus breathing treatments twice a day and other meds for breathing. hes losing weight rapidly. He smoked for about 40 years but stopped about 20 years ago. He tells me he wont live to see another Christmas,is this right?

Answer:

NetWellness receives many questions regarding prognosis and life expectancy for persons with COPD and emphysema. Although it is not possible to provide specific predictions in a forum such as this, you may find the following guidelines helpful in knowing what to expect.

Please accept our best wishes.

Emphysema: Stages and Life Expectancy

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Response by:

Amy L Pope-Harman, MD Amy L Pope-Harman, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University