Outpatient treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: comparisons with asthma.

@article{Sutherland2004OutpatientTO,
  title={Outpatient treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: comparisons with asthma.},
  author={E. Rand Sutherland},
  journal={The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology},
  year={2004},
  volume={114 4},
  pages={715-24; quiz 725}
}
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive syndrome of expiratory airflow limitation caused by chronic inflammation of the airways and lung parenchyma. The airway inflammatory response in COPD is initiated by smoking in the overwhelming majority of cases, and chronic exposure to cigarette smoke initiates a series of events that cause damage to central airways, peripheral airways, and terminal airspaces, leading to physiologic and clinical abnormalities. The contrasting… CONTINUE READING

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