Emphysema (Lung Condition) (cont.)

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What is the life expectancy and outlook for someone with emphysema?

Unfortunately, there have been no large studies to determine emphysema's effect on life expectancy. In general, the life expectancy may be related to the stage of emphysema, but the prognosis often varies widely between two people in the same stage. The outlook for someone with emphysema is often good to fair because COPD/emphysema is a slowly progressive disease. However, reducing risk factors and appropriate treatment may increase the outlook for many individual patients. Patients that undergo lung transplant have, in general, about a five-year increase in life expectancy after surgery.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014

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