Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Amina Jaffer and Anant Patel

in Challenging Concepts in Respiratory Medicine

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Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780199657742
Published online February 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191781872 | DOI:

Series: Challenging Concepts

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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This chapter discusses the case of a 70-year-old man with his first presentation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This case is used as a basis to explore and describe the diagnosis, investigation, and management of this condition. The chapter includes the evidence base and relative guidelines that support current practice, as well as highlighting useful learning points and providing expert opinion. The role of lung volume reduction surgery is discussed, and its potential benefits in selected patients highlighted. Phenotypic variability within chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is increasingly recognized, and this is discussed, including the implications on current management and future research.

Chapter.  5096 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology ; Clinical Medicine

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