A 50-year-old member asked:
how long can a person live with only a fifth of one lung and does nothing to try and get better?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Vasu Brown answered
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Is the other lung ok: I have a patient who has only one lung the other collapsed doing well. You need to do incentive spirometry - blow into a small tube to increase the amount of time to hold breath. Take n-acetyl cysteine to improve cell energy in lungs.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Aaron Milstone answered
26 years experience Pulmonology
Residual Lung: Longevity after lung resection is based on a number of factors including baseline lung function, activity level, and residual lung volume. There are patients that can live decades after removal of a whole lung (pneumonectomy) and patients who live only months after a partial lung resection.
Answered on Dec 9, 2014
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