FVC/FEV1 Ratio .62

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I am 38 yr old male and no history of smoking. 6'2,  200lbs. Recently through a study I had peformed a spirometry test and my FVC/FEV1 ratio is consistent with potential COPD...I was told I had asthma as a kid, but never required an inhaler and never had any issues. I recently tried using albuterol and performed the test to see if it would make a difference, and there was not any difference in results from pre- and post- administration of albuterol. Apparently my FVC is 100%, but FEV1 is poor..around 70%. I feel fine, but am just curious as to what may be the problem or if it is even a problem? Thanks

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    Hi it is unlikely to be copd though it's not unheard of for someone your age to get it but very unlikely especially if you have never smoked. 

    You might have had a chest infection at the time which could lower your results.  It could well be astham.  Did the doctor do a peak and flow test for you?  This is done for asthma

    What did your doctor say about your lung function?  Do/did any close family members suffer from copd?  If yes then there could be a genetic link.  

    The only way to confirm what it is is to do a CT scan.  If your doctor hasn't put you in for this you need to ask for it.   x


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      Thanks. This was just a general research study that I did not qualify for. A tech just informed me of the results. I haven't spoken to my PCP about it. I will inquire next time I go in. 

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    Hi dee37723

    No point in guessing if you have COPD, you need a diagnosis by a medical professional before any COPD meds are prescribed.

    We cannot diagnose here of course as we are not medical professionals and even if we were you can't guess at this things the appropriate tests need to be carried out before any diagnosis could be given, the best people to advise you are your own medical advisers, doctor, consultant etc.

    However you say you have had Asthma as a kid the Asthma discussion forum is here:  http://patient.info/forums/discuss/browse/asthma-18

    If you have a copy of your recent spirometry tests you can calculate your results here:  http://patient.info/doctor/spirometry-calculator

    My advice check back with you doctor if you are concerned or if your symptoms are troubling you.

    Best wishes V

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      Thanks. I am very active and never have or had any respiratory or related symptoms. I have just been curious since recieving these results. I will bring it to my PCP's attention next time I go in. 

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    Hi, I am 46 and I have never smoked.  I have copd but my doctors think it is from working as a hairdresser and being around chemical fumes everyday.  Also from second hand smoke from father.  My dad also had copd but he was a smoker.  His father also had copd but worked in coal.  
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