Respiratory viral infection in exacerbations of COPD.

@article{McManus2008RespiratoryVI,
  title={Respiratory viral infection in exacerbations of COPD.},
  author={Terence E. McManus and Andrew Marley and Noreen Baxter and Sharon N Christie and H. J. O'neill and J Stuart Elborn and PeterV. Coyle and Joseph C. Kidney},
  journal={Respiratory medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={102 11},
  pages={
          1575-80
        }
}
BACKGROUND Patients with COPD have frequent exacerbations. The role of respiratory viral infection is just emerging. We wished to determine prospectively the incidence of viral infection in exacerbated and stable COPD patients as well as smokers who do not have airways obstruction. METHODS Stable and exacerbated COPD patients were recruited along with a group of patients who had smoked but who did not have any airways obstruction. Spirometry was performed and sputum specimens were tested for… CONTINUE READING
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