Epidemiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disorder that is characterized by progressive reduction in forced expiratory airflow in excess of the normal age-related decline. Eventually, the reduction in airflow leads to exercise impairment, increased susceptibility to respiratory infections and irritants, and reduced life expectancy. Obstructive ventilatory defects occur in a number of lung disorders, including asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, immunoglobulin deficiency, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, and eosinophilic granuloma. In common practice, however, COPD is usually used to refer to the tobacco smoking-related diseases chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLung Volume Reduction Surgery for Emphysema
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780824757748
ISBN (Print)9780824708979
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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