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Low DLCO 7.2 (26% of Ref) and FVC 2.33 (60% of Ref)
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Low DLCO 7.2 (26% of Ref) and FVC 2.33 (60% of Ref)

I have a very close relative who is a senior (73 or 74) and was dignosed with IPF 3 years ago. A few months ago, his conditions worsens. The recent lung function test shows Low DLCO 7.2 (26% of Ref) and FVC 2.33 (60% of Ref).


However, what amazes me is that he still feels very good (even though he was put on oxygen 2 months ago).

Does this mean his illness has become very serious and this is the end of his life?
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Severity of COPD FEV1 % predicted
Mild ≥80
Moderate 50–79
Severe 30–49
Very severe <30 or Chronic respiratory failure symptoms

Depending on the health of the individual other than the copd, they can remain in a severe stage indefinately. Hope this helps
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