Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Common Name(s)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that makes breathing difficult. COPD is a general term describing several progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. COPD is usually symptom free at first; but as the lung damage increases, symptoms begin to appear and then worsen over time. Symptoms of COPD may include coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. COPD is caused by long-term exposure to lung irritants such as cigarette smoke and pollutants as well as genetic factors, including alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency.

With COPD, less air flows in and out of the airways because of one or more of the following: the airways and air sacs of the lungs lose their elastic quality, the walls between many of the air sacs are destroyed, the walls of the airways become thick and inflamed, and/or the airways make more mucus than usual, which can clog them. COPD may be diagnosed using a noninvasive breathing test called spirometry. Spirometry can detect COPD before symptoms begin, and your doctor may advise you to be screened regularly for COPD if you have a history of smoking, exposure to toxins, fumes or pollutants or have a genetic predisposition to or family history of COPD. Your physician may order other tests to rule out other lung conditions and to determine the best treatment for your stage of COPD. Treatment includes medications and lung therapy. Surgery is sometimes necessary for those with severe emphysema. Although there is currently no cure for COPD, treatments and lifestyle changes can help patients feel better, stay more active, and slow the progress of the disease. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with COPD, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" for support, advocacy or research.

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COPD Foundation

The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Last Updated: 25 Mar 2013

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" for support, advocacy or research.

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COPD Foundation

The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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Last Updated: 25 Mar 2013

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

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Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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General Resources

COPD Research Registry

The COPD Research Registry is a confidential database of individuals diagnosed with COPD or at risk of developing COPD who have consented to be contacted for participation in COPD research studies and clinical trials.

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Updated 21 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" returned 2897 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Long-acting Inhaled Bronchodilator and Risk of Vascular Events in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Taiwan Population.
 

Author(s): Ming-Jun Tsai, Chung-Yu Chen, Yaw-Bin Huang, Hsiao-Chung Chao, Chih-Jen Yang, Pei-Jin Lin, Yi-Hung Tsai

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Dec;94(51):e2306.

 

A combination of long-acting anticholinergic agents (LAACs) and long-acting β2-adrenergic receptor agonist (LABA) is effective in improving lung function in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compared with monotherapy. However, evidence on whether this combination increases ...

Last Updated: 25 Dec 2015

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" returned 609 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Cellular effectors of the inflammatory response in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)].
 

Author(s): Rafael Silva O, Juan F Montes, José García-Valero, Jordi Olloquequi

Journal: Rev Med Chil. 2015 Sep;143(9):1162-71.

 

Approximately 3 million people in the world die every year as a consequence of COPD, which is associated with an abnormal inflammatory response of the lung to noxious particles and gases. This inflammatory pattern causes pathological changes leading to a narrowing of small airways ...

Last Updated: 4 Nov 2015

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Advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Innovative and Integrated Management Approaches.
 

Author(s): Hai-Xia Zhou, Xue-Mei Ou, Yong-Jiang Tang, Lan Wang, Yu-Lin Feng

Journal: Chin. Med. J.. 2015 Nov;128(21):2952-9.

 

Last Updated: 2 Nov 2015

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Role of oxidative stress & transient receptor potential in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
 

Author(s): Protiti Bose, Rashmi Bathri, Lalit Kumar, V K Vijayan, K K Maudar

Journal: Indian J. Med. Res.. 2015 Sep;142(3):245-60.

 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affect millions of people worldwide and is known to be one of the leading causes of death. The highly sensitive airways protect themselves from irritants by cough and sneeze which propel endogenous and exogenous substances to minimize airway ...

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2015

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Boston Early-Onset Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

 

Last Updated: 11 Jan 2016

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Cognitive Status in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease's Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

 

Last Updated: 17 May 2014

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Role of Fibrocytes in the Bronchial Remodelling of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

 

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2014

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