ABC of COPD, 2nd Edition (ABC Series) by Graeme P. Currie

By Graeme P. Currie

Persistent Obstructive Pulmonary affliction (COPD) is a revolutionary, mostly irreversible lung characterized by means of airflow obstruction. even if cigarette smoking is the only most crucial chance consider its improvement, different institutions and danger elements are idea to have expanding relevance through the global. COPD is generally controlled in basic care, even though it is usually under-diagnosed, and is without doubt one of the most typical health conditions necessitating admission to hospital.The moment version of the ABC of COPD presents the whole multidisciplinary crew with a competent, updated and obtainable account of COPD. largely up to date by way of skilled clinicians - together with new chapters on spirometry, inhalers, oxygen, dying, demise and finish of existence matters - this ABC is an authoritative and sensible consultant for common practitioners, perform nurses, professional nurses, clinical scholars, paramedical employees, junior medical professionals, non-specialist medical professionals and all different healthiness pros operating in either basic and secondary care.

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Weekes CE, Emery PW, Elia M. Dietary counselling and food fortification in stable COPD: a randomised trial. Thorax 2009; 64: 326–331. Wilson I. Depression in the patient with COPD. International Journal of COPD 2006; 1: 61–64. CHAPTER 7 Pharmacological Management (I) – Inhaled Treatment Graeme P. Currie1 and Brian J. Lipworth2 1 2 Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK Asthma and Allergy Research Group, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK OVERVIEW • All patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should use a short-acting bronchodilator (short-acting β2 -agonist or short-acting anticholinergic) for as required relief of symptoms • A long-acting bronchodilator (long-acting anticholinergic or long-acting β2 -agonist) should be started in those with persistent symptoms and exacerbations if the FEV1 is ≥50% of predicted • Inhaled corticosteroids play no role as monotherapy in COPD • A long acting β2 -agonist plus inhaled corticosteroid or long acting anticholinergic should be considered in patients with persistent symptoms and exacerbations who have an FEV1 < 50% of predicted • A long-acting anticholinergic, long-acting β2 -agnoist and inhaled corticosteroid should be used in patients with advanced disease who have persistent symptoms and exacerbations Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous condition and all patients should be regarded as individuals.

2009), the addition of tiotropium to fluticasone plus salmeterol resulted in a reduction in exacerbations in one study, but not the other. 6). 4 exists and the effects of the individual components are less than additive. 6 Mean number of severe exacerbations per patient versus time with tiotropium plus placebo (purple squares) versus tiotropium plus budesonide/formoterol (blue circles). Reproduced with permission from Welte T, Miravitlles M, Hernandez P et al. Efficacy and tolerability of budesonide/formoterol added to tiotropium in COPD patients.

This procedure is less likely to be of benefit in those with advanced emphysematous change in the remaining lung, pulmonary hypertension and hypercapnia. Bullectomy may improve lung function, symptoms and quality of life. It is important to note that when admitted to hospital, differentiating a pneumothorax from a large bulla can frequently be difficult and computed tomographic (CT) imaging may be necessary. Inadvertent chest drain insertion into a bulla can lead to complications such as bronchopleural fistula.

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