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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. We evaluated the characteristics of stable COPD patients in the pulmonology clinics of seven Asian cities and also evaluated whether the exposure to biomass fuels and dusty jobs were related to respiratory symptoms,(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a complex human disease influenced by multiple genes and environmental factors. The SERPINE2 gene has recently been demonstrated to be associated with COPD onset in a non-East Asian population. In this study, we genotyped 20 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in SERPINE2 from 310 cases and 203 controls,(More)
Currently, the majority of genetic association studies on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) risk focused on identifying the individual effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) as well as their interaction effects on the disease. However, conventional genetic studies often use binary disease status as the primary phenotype, but for COPD,(More)
A 42-year-old female patient was admitted for recurrent bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax. High resolution computed tomography showed bilateral pneumothorax and numerous round and oval, thin-walled lung cysts. Microscopically, each small cyst was composed of distended subpleural alveolar spaces. Tumor cells, characteristic of acinar adenocarcinoma,(More)
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