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Published At June 8, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My father has oxygen saturation (SpO2) level with oxygen is more than 95 and without oxygen is 75-80. He also has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But, all tests are normal like computed tomography (CT) scan, ultrasonography (USG) and x-ray. Please explain.


Welcome to icliniq.com. As you said your father has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), low oxygen levels are expected when the disease is advanced. COPD is a chronic progressive disease. Inhaler medicines are only for the symptomatic relief. Smoking cessation is the best policy to halt the progression of the disease. Persistent low oxygen levels are not good as it hampers the quality of life. So, oxygen supplement is a must. But, keep the flow rates below 0.53 gal/min as high oxygen washes out the carbon dioxide, which is the stimulus for respiration in COPD patients. There is no other way to increase oxygen saturation without giving oxygen. Simultaneously, he has to continue the other inhaler medicines and tablets. So for now, oxygen is must for him. Even all the tests are normal; there is no alternative to oxygen.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan
Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Allergy Specialist

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