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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

From this module you will learn:
  • The prevalence of COPD and who is affected by it
  • How symptoms vary with disease severity
  • Why various tests may be required to diagnose COPD
  • Which treatments are currently available

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to encompass a collection of lung diseases, including:

  • chronic bronchitis – the long-term inflammation of the airways
  • emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs.

COPD is characterised by airflow obstruction over several months that is progressive and not fully reversible. It cannot be cured – however, it can be treated.

Who does COPD affect?

COPD is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the UK – it is

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