Abrupt withdrawal of inhaled corticosteroids does not result in spirometric deterioration in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Effect of phenotyping?

@inproceedings{AlKassimi2012AbruptWO,
  title={Abrupt withdrawal of inhaled corticosteroids does not result in spirometric deterioration in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Effect of phenotyping?},
  author={Feisal Abdulla Al-Kassimi and Esam Hamad Alhamad and Mohammed Saleh Al-Hajjaj and Abdullah A. Abba and Emad Raddaoui and Shaffi Ahamed Shaikh},
  booktitle={Annals of thoracic medicine},
  year={2012}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Some studies show a decline of FEV(1) only one month after withdrawal of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), while others show no decline. We speculate that the presence of an asthma phenotype in the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) population, and that its exclusion may result in no spirometric deterioration. METHODS We performed a prospective clinical observation study on 32 patients who fulfilled the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive lung disease… CONTINUE READING