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Diffuse airflow obstruction and ‘restrictive’ lung disease

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0017

Series: Supportive Care Series

Diffuse airflow obstruction and ‘restrictive’ lung disease

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This chapter examines how supportive care can relieve symptoms due to chronic diffuse airflow obstruction pulmonary or pleural disease, which causes lung restriction. It considers diseases causing chronic diffuse airflow obstruction and discusses their pathophysiology and disease trajectory. The analysis reveals that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the commonest respiratory disease requiring supportive care and that supportive care needs should be assessed and supplied in parallel with conventional medical management.

Keywords: airflow obstruction; pleural disease; lung restriction; supportive care; COPD; medical management

Chapter.  10443 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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