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I was diagnosed with COP 2 years ago, just before I retired. I've had an open lung biopsy, been hospitalized numerous times and treated with high doses of prednisone. I've had months at a time when I could function very well without oxygen. But I have recurrences. For the last two months I have been coughing a lot and have gasped for air with any exertion and I am back on back on 4 liters of oxygen 24/7. Is there any way to treat recurrent COP? I am afraid I will never get rid of it. See answer
My mother has idiopathic BOOP / Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAI). She's 81 years old and now weighs 89 lbs. This disease is eating her up. Is this a genetic disease? Could I be at risk? See answer
Is this condition contagious? See answer