Lymphocytes, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CD8)- and macrophage (CD68)-predominant chronic inflammatory disorder of the conducting airways and alveoli. This is often associated with a neutrophilia, inflammation of small airways and destruction of tissue beyond the terminal bronchiolus, i.e. emphysema. In contrast, asthma is a… CONTINUE READING