Relation of sputum inflammatory markers to symptoms and lung function changes in COPD exacerbations.

@article{Bhowmik2000RelationOS,
  title={Relation of sputum inflammatory markers to symptoms and lung function changes in COPD exacerbations.},
  author={Angshu Bhowmik and Terence A.R. Seemungal and Raymond J. Sapsford and Jagwiga A Wedzicha},
  journal={Thorax},
  year={2000},
  volume={55 2},
  pages={114-20}
}
BACKGROUND Although it is presumed that exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are associated with increased airway inflammation, there is little information available on inflammatory markers during an exacerbation and the relationship with severity or time course of recovery. A study was undertaken to investigate the sputum cell and cytokine characteristics of COPD when stable and during an exacerbation. METHODS Induced sputum samples from 57 patients with moderate to… CONTINUE READING
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