Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Wassim W. Labaki, Sharon R. Rosenberg

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) is characterized by persistent respiratory symptoms and progressive airflow obstruction. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause but not the only one. A postbronchodilator FEV1–FVC ratio less than 0.70 is required for a diagnosis of COPD. Inhaler therapy is the backbone of treatment and should be complemented by a multifaceted management strategy that includes counseling and pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation, treatment of comorbidities, administration of influenza and pneumococcal immunizations, and prescription of long-term oxygen therapy in hypoxemic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)ITC17-ITC33
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 4 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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