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What is emphysema prognosis 80 years old?

What is emphysema prognosis 80 years old?

Depends...: It depends on the severity of the copd. If the COPD is well-controlled and is not severe enough to affect physical functioning, the patient may actually die of some other cause. If, however, the COPD is end-stage, then the prognosis is much worse. Your doctor can tell you the severity of the COPD so you have a better idea of prognosis in the individual case. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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My mum's got emphysema, been in hosp 4 2 wks, prognosis is 2 clots on her lungs & a hole in lungs, she's 67, could she recover & live much longer?

Emphysema: Yes. Sounds like she has a pe (clot in lung) and emphysema (hole in lung). Clot can be treated with blood thinners and emphysema with inhalers/oral medications. If she is smoking, this will increase rate of decline& frequency of flares from her lung disease in addition to increasing risk for developing various cancers/ heart disease/ and future clots! ...Read more

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I had a CT scan done. The doctor told me I was showing signs of mild emphysema. Everything I find on the Internet is negative and scary. I wasn't sure what this meant and prognosis.

I had a CT scan done. The doctor told me I was showing signs of mild emphysema. Everything I find on the Internet is negative and scary. I wasn't sure what this meant and prognosis.

COPD: Emphysema is a chronic medical condition, most often associated with tobacco smoking. Emphysema or COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is basically an inflammatory response of the lungs to long term exposure to an irritant. If you are a smoker, stop immediately to prevent further progression. Please do not be scared, but instead be informed as to the preventive measures you can take. ...Read more

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Prognosis for untreated stage 3b non small cell lung cancer with low oxygen sats, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and emphysema.

Prognosis for untreated stage 3b non small cell lung cancer with low oxygen sats, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and emphysema.

Very Poor.: Small Cell Lung Cancer is very hard to treat successfully. Spreads very early in its course. If one is lucky enough to be diagnosis before spread cure is possible. ...Read more

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Mortality rate for severe emphysema?

Mortality rate for severe emphysema?

Not good: I personally feel the suffering from from emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) is worse than death from it--feeling winded all the time, can't do much once it is severe/oxygen dependent; u really suffer with a simple cold, flu. Your life is so limited with severe illness. People can live on for yrs, but quality of life not so good. So, quit smoking. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I have very severe emphysema and need no oxygen?

Can I have very severe emphysema and need no oxygen?

Is possible: It is possible that one can have severe emphysema and not need oxygen. Can have oxygen levels checked with walking as well as at rest to assess need for oxygen. ...Read more

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Severe COPD and emphysema. Off prednizone a week ago and been on o2 24/7. What could be the cause of o2 dropping apon getting up. Never did before.

Severe COPD and emphysema. Off prednizone a week ago and been on o2 24/7. What could be the cause of o2 dropping apon getting up. Never did before.

Possible O2 time: The steroids only reduce inflammation. Not improve your oxygen. So possible your lung function severe enough that you may qualify for supplemental o2. Need to have your pft done to determine if your worse or not. Oxygen will improve your survival as well.
Other causes maybe your developing an infection such as pneumonia as well. See your md and test your o2 while walking or at night sleeping. ...Read more

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Would there be complications of pregnancy with a 31 year old with mod-severe emphysema?

Would there be complications of pregnancy with a 31 year old with mod-severe emphysema?

Possibly: Pregnancy does increase pulmonary strain by increasing metabolic demand and decreasing overall lung capacity. The key is to work closely with your OB and pulmonary specialists to minimize risk. ...Read more

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I am on supplemental oxygen at night. Can one predict how soon I will need oxygen 24/7? I have severe emphysema.

O2: Really no way to predict it other than to say not smoking and avoiding exposure to smoke will certainly slow that progression down. ...Read more

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My husband has been diagnosed with emphysema. His lung capacity is at 40%. Is this severe emphysema and how will it affect his life?

My husband has been diagnosed with emphysema. His lung capacity is at 40%. Is this severe emphysema and how will it affect his life?

Depends: It really depends on which number is 40%. There are several ratios that are on a lung function test. If the fev1 number if 40% of normal, then that is severe emphysema.

How it will affect his life depends on how his symptoms are. If he is not very short of breath, then it may not affect him at all. It really depends on his functional ability. Would go see a lung specialist. ...Read more

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Portable oxygen concentrator advice/comparison for overseas purchase to assist my father who has severe emphysema?

Oxygen concentrator: The best place to look is on E-bay but have his physician tell him what liter flow to use based on his disease ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with 25% use of heart & 25% use of lungs with severe emphysema?

Not possible...: There are so many factors that contribute to life expectancy that it is not possible to predict life expectancy with this information. The best way to prolong your life as much as possible is to optimize your therapy, including smoking cessation, so see your doctors and follow treatment advice. ...Read more

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Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd, what to do?

Rehab: Emphysema and pulm fibrosis may coexist in some patients. Treatment is directed at each entity including bronchodilators, oxygen and steroids. Your age puts an additional option of lung transplant for progressive disease. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd?

What to do if I have pulmonary fibrosis and severe emphysema copd?

See your doctor: You have 2 conditions which can both cause similar symptoms of shortness of breath & exercise limitation. It is important to see your doctor to find out why you have these diseases at a young age and to treat the underlying causes of both. Also, it's important to figure out specifically which type of pulmonary fibrosis you have because treatments can differ and lung transplant may be an option. ...Read more

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I am 55 have severe dilated cardiomyopathy, stage 2 emphysema and type 2 diabetes. Trying to get a clearer of life expectancy.?

I am 55 have severe dilated cardiomyopathy, stage 2 emphysema and type 2 diabetes. Trying to get a clearer of life expectancy.?

Life expectancy. ..: In you most related to your heart disease

as a diabetes specialist, the diabetes would not significantly reduce life expectancy more than you cardiomyopathy, as long as sugars reasonably well controlled. ...Read more

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Can emphysema in the lung apices cause an infection in the neck and jaw? Husband has had pain, severe inflammation of both neck and jaw. Been thru 6 a

No.: Emphysema, if severe, may affect healing and overall health, but not likely to cause this type of infection. Please be sure to see an infectious disease doctor, and/or getting a second opinion or even a third if he does not improve. ...Read more

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Severe upper eyelid edema. Lasix (furosemide) no good. I have copd, emphysema, & diabetes 2. eye doc said water retention. Doc said maybe from copd.?

COPD and fluid reten: You can retain fluid in relation to COPD if you developed right sided cardiac failure. If you are taking prednisone you can retain fluid also. ...Read more

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Could you exercise on oxygen if you have emphysema and your o2 sat dip to low 90's?

Yes: As long as your o2 sats stay at 90% or above, your cells will get plenty of oxygen, and you can exercise safely on oxygen.

There is very little increased benefit with o2 sats greater than 90%. The key is to stay above 90%. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

What is emphysema?

Lung damage: Destruction of lung tissue from exposure to cigarette smoke. As more lung tissue is destroyed, shortness of breath gets worse, and ultimately the lungs cannot do their job, and the body gets starved of oxygen. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

What is emphysema?

Breakdown of walls: Of the small air pouches in your lung, called alveoli. When the walls become damaged, the alveoli merge into one larger pouch, decreasing the surface area where gas exchange can occur. Think of this by comparing the surface area of a ballon of equal size to a bunch of grapes. Though individually smaller, there are many grapes in the same volume, so more surface area. ...Read more

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What is emphysema?

Definition...: Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is usually caused by cigarette smoking which damages the lungs leading to this disease. It is an incurable, slowly progressive disease. Once present, treatments are aimed at reducing symptoms and insuring that there is enough oxygen in the body to support it. Smoking cessation is vital to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Can emphysema be cured?

No: Emphysema is, by definition, a disease characterized by irreversible damage to the lungs. However, there are all degrees of emphysema and the goal of therapy is to ameliorate symptoms, treat complications, and prevent or slow progression. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more