Clinical assessment, staging, and epidemiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations.

@article{Vestbo2006ClinicalAS,
  title={Clinical assessment, staging, and epidemiology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations.},
  author={Joergen Vestbo},
  journal={Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={3 3},
  pages={252-6}
}
  • Joergen Vestbo
  • Published 2006 in Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society
Patients presenting with an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are initially assessed to ensure that a proper diagnosis has been made and that relevant differential diagnoses are excluded. Although guidelines provide indicators for use, very little systematic research has been done in initial assessment of COPD exacerbations. Next, the assessment should aim at stratifying patients for risk of poor outcome. For this, predictors of poor prognosis as well as knowledge of… CONTINUE READING

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