Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease provide a unique opportunity to take care of patients

  • Bianca Beghé Clinica di Malattie dell’Apparato Respiratorio, Modena, Italy.
  • Martina Garofalo Dipartimento di Oncologia, Ematologia e Patologie dell’Apparato Respiratorio, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Modena, Modena, Italy.
  • Leonardo M. Fabbri | leonardo.fabbri@unimore.it Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.

Abstract

Exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (ECOPD) identifies the acute phase of COPD. The COPD patient is often frail and elderly with concomitant chronic diseases. This requires the physician not only looks at specific symptoms or organs, but to consider the patient in all his or her complexity.

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2013-04-24
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Keywords:
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exacerbation, complex patient, respiratory and non-respiratory mechanisms, comprehensive treatment.
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Beghé, B., Garofalo, M., & Fabbri, L. M. (2013). Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease provide a unique opportunity to take care of patients. Italian Journal of Medicine, 7(2), 82-83. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2013.82