COPD study shows misdiagnosis common

According to the recommendations of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), spirometry should be performed to establish the diagnosis of COPD in any patient who has a history of chronic cough, sputum production, difficulty breathing, or exposure to risk factors. A study conducted at the CorpusContinue reading “COPD study shows misdiagnosis common”

The importance of an early diagnosis in COPD patients

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is a chronic inflammatory condition of the airways characterised by persistent airflow obstruction. In contrast to asthma where the airway inflammation leads to variable airflow obstruction, the airflow obstruction in patients with COPD is usually irreversible and progressive. Prevalence COPD is expected to become the third most common cause ofContinue reading “The importance of an early diagnosis in COPD patients”

Doctors Miss Up to 85 Percent of Early COPD Diagnoses

United Kingdom researchers analyzing data on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD say that doctors miss early opportunities to diagnose the disease up to 85 percent of the time. The earlier healthcare providers are able to diagnose the disorder, the better odds a patient has for avoiding damage to the lungs.The scientists analyzed theContinue reading “Doctors Miss Up to 85 Percent of Early COPD Diagnoses”