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How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?

How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?

Not much: If you really have end stage COPD and you have 90 % fluid in lungs and not treated for it you won't live longer. Technically if you are end stage COPD and any fluid in you lung, you already will be on a breathing machine or life support. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Went from smoking pack a day to 3 times a day. Now coughing mucus in morning burning lungs. Pft normal last yr. copd? 10 pack yr history.

Went from smoking pack a day to 3 times a day. Now coughing mucus in morning burning lungs. Pft normal last yr. copd? 10 pack yr history.

COPD: This is the time of the year when viral infections including the influenza infection are prevalent. So, it is possible that you may be experiencing one of those infections, which can give you these symptoms. See and physician and get evaluated ...Read more

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Last stage. Copd. Pluse langerhans cell histiocytosis with lungs. Also microvascular ischemic disease. What should I expect its my husband?

Last stage. Copd. Pluse langerhans cell histiocytosis with lungs. Also microvascular ischemic disease.  What should I expect its my husband?

End stage COPD: Your husband, unfortunately, has both severe lung disease and a bad heart. His exercise capacity must be very low. You did not mention hospice care, but his long-term prognosis is not good. ...Read more

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My mother suffered from a rare form of copd. She received a lung transplant which eventually rejected. For the last few months my right lung has been hurting off and on. Not bad enough to seek medical attention, but I do wonder if COPD is genetic .?

My mother suffered from a rare form of copd. She received a lung transplant which eventually rejected. For the last few months my right lung has been hurting off and on. Not bad enough to seek medical attention, but I do wonder if COPD is genetic .?

Genetic form...: There is an inherited form of COPD called alpha-1-anti trypsin deficiency. It is caused by an enzyme deficiency and treatment involves enzyme replacement. It is diagnosed by a blood test that your family practice doctor can order. Patients with this disorder develop COPD at a younger age and smoking accelerates the process. See your doctor for testing! ...Read more

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Shortness of breath on exertion and at rest. Former smoker but already quit. What could it be, in a 26 year-old.....?

Shortness of breath on exertion and at rest. Former smoker but already quit. What could it be, in a 26 year-old.....?

Shortness of breath: There is a long list of causes of shortness of breath. Asthma and other lung diseases; heart diseases; anemia. Your symptoms are potentially serious and should be investigated. Would need more information to make any useful suggestions. Should see a doctor. ...Read more

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How do you donate a lung to someone with copd?

How do you donate a lung to someone with copd?

Depends: While donating a kidney is an acceptable practice, doing the same with a lung is much more complex and dangerous. Contact specific lung transplant centers to see what their policy is regarding this. ...Read more

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Is it possible for COPD to occur in only one lung?

Is it possible for COPD to occur in only one lung?

Possible but...: Usually it happens in both lungs because the smoke enters both lungs. That said, it can affect one lung worse than the other. ...Read more

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Are there any natural therapies for COPD of the lungs?

Therapy/rehab: The problem with COPD and recurrent lung infections is that the lungs are damaged and abnormal. The best thing to do naturally is to exercise them and improve breathing techniques. Some people go to something like yoga breathing but there are excellent formal pulmonary rehabilitation treatments (typically 8-12 weeks long) that can be extremely helpful. Cough techniques to clear secretions ... ...Read more

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Could anyone suggest natural therapies for COPD of lungs?

Sure: Tried and true strategies: if you are smoking quit smoking, nothing else will do you more good than quitting. Moderate exercise, 20 to 30 minutes a day, 4 or 5 days a week. Increase intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are no proven herbal remedies. Avoid aromatherapy. ...Read more

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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


Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more