COPD exacerbations: clinical aspects

December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004 Supplement, Vol. 59, p47
Academic Journal
The article presents some papers related to clinical aspects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations. Studies examining the effect of the common cold art lung function in healthy individuals have demonstrated inconsistent. It is hypothesized that in patients with COFD, colds would be associated with demonstrable changes in lung function. 150 patients from the East London COPD Cohort daily record their peak expiratory row rate and any change in coryzal and respiratory symptoms. Exacerbations associated with a cold were the most severe as assessed by the degree of symptom count rise at onset and recovery time for both peak expiratory flow and symptom count.


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