Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Abstract

The diagnosis and treatment of acute exacerbations (AEs) of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is controversial. In this section, we review (1) the epidemiology of this condition; (2) the etiology--many patients with AECOPD are thought to have a combination of viral and bacterial infections, which contribute to their exacerbation. Bacterial… (More)
DOI: 10.2174/1874434601206010013

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