Diffuse airflow obstruction and ‘restrictive’ lung disease

Mary McGregor and David R. Baldwin

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Diffuse airflow obstruction and ‘restrictive’ lung disease

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This chapter considers how supportive care can relieve symptoms due to chronic diffuse airflow obstruction and pulmonary or pleural disease that causes lung restriction. Together these conditions are responsible for the largest number of respiratory patients who may need supportive care. The first part of the chapter considers the diseases causing chronic diffuse airflow obstruction and briefly discusses their pathophysiology and prognosis. It then looks at the measures available for supportive care and briefly summarizes the evidence for each of these.

Keywords: supportive care; chronic diffuse airflow obstruction; pulmonary disease; pleural disease; lung restriction

Chapter.  7020 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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