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My dad was diagnosed with emphysema at 40, and he is 55 now and still smoking. How long does he have?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Varies...

There are so many variables involved that it cannot be predicted for an individual.
His mortality rate will be higher if he continues to smoke so he needs to quit asap! if his oxygen level in his blood is low enough to warrant supplemental oxygen, then wearing oxygen will decrease mortality rate. The rest of the therapies will control symptoms.

In brief: Varies...

There are so many variables involved that it cannot be predicted for an individual.
His mortality rate will be higher if he continues to smoke so he needs to quit asap! if his oxygen level in his blood is low enough to warrant supplemental oxygen, then wearing oxygen will decrease mortality rate. The rest of the therapies will control symptoms.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Muhammad Ahmed
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on severity

It depends on the severity of emphysema and other comorbid conditions.

In brief: Depends on severity

It depends on the severity of emphysema and other comorbid conditions.
Dr. Muhammad Ahmed
Dr. Muhammad Ahmed
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: PFTs

Will tell more about his prognosis.
Should be performed in a high quality lab.

In brief: PFTs

Will tell more about his prognosis.
Should be performed in a high quality lab.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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