Chapter

Comprehensive supportive care for chronic pulmonary infections

Gary T. Buckholz and Charles F. von Gunten

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591763.003.0021

Series: Supportive Care Series

Comprehensive supportive care for chronic pulmonary infections

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Chronic respiratory infections are a major healthcare issue around the world associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Treatment of these infections often entails prolonged antimicrobial regimens which have toxicities and may or may not be successful. This chapter describes optimal supportive and palliative care of the symptoms encountered with chronic respiratory infections broadly. Symptoms frequently encountered in this patient population include: dyspnoea or breathlessness, secretions, persistent cough, and haemoptysis.

Keywords: chronic respiratory infections; supportive care; palliative care; dyspnoea; breathlessness; secretions; persistent cough; haemoptysis

Chapter.  10013 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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