COPD: management of severe disease

December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004 Supplement, Vol. 59, p13
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the abstracts of several papers related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients with COPD and respiratory failure who require intubation typically have limited functional capacity and clinicians may be concerned that survivors will be left with such poor quality of life that they regret choosing to be intubated. Lung transplantation is a therapeutic option for a wide range of end stage respiratory conditions. COPD is the single commonest indication for lung transplantation worldwide. The procedure carries a significant perio-perative mortality and long term immunosuppression related morbidity and mortality is common.


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