Accuracy of symptoms, signs, and C-reactive protein for early chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Broekhuizen, Berna D. L.
September 2012
British Journal of General Practice;Sep2012, Vol. 62 Issue 602, p474
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the importance of standard history taking and physical examination for early chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. Between 2006 and 2010, a diagnostic study was done in a Dutch primary care where patients aged 50 and above were observed and it was found that 118 of them had COPD that is defined by low forced expiratory volume (FEV1)/forced vital capacity (FVC). They conclude that symptoms can assist in raising awareness of possible early COPD.


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