New strains of bacteria and exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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BACKGROUND The role of bacterial pathogens in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is controversial. In older studies, the rates of isolation of bacterial pathogens from sputum were the same during acute exacerbations and during stable disease. However, these studies did not differentiate among strains within a bacterial species and… (More)

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