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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the clinical management of an acute exacerbation.

Hurst, JR; Wedzicha, JA; (2004) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the clinical management of an acute exacerbation. Postgrad Med J , 80 (947) pp. 497-505. 10.1136/pgmj.2004.019182.

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Abstract

Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease impose a considerable burden of morbidity, mortality, and health care cost. Management guidelines outlining best practice, based largely on consensus expert opinion, were produced by a number of organisations during the last decade. Current interest in the field is high. This has resulted in the publication of many further studies which have extended our understanding of the pathology involved and provided, for the first time, an evidence base for many of the therapeutic options. In this review we aim to bring the non-specialist reader up to date with current management principles and the evidence underlying such interventions.

Type: Article
Title: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the clinical management of an acute exacerbation.
Location: England
DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.2004.019182
Keywords: Adrenal Cortex Hormones, Anti-Bacterial Agents, Bronchodilator Agents, Humans, Oxygen, Physical Examination, Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive, Respiration, Artificial, Respiratory System Agents, Xanthines
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Internal Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Respiratory Medicine
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1359587
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