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, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 112–117 | Cite as

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma

General and medical management with special attention to exacerbations
  • J. P. G. Kaajan
Therapeutic Interventions in Lower Respiratory Tract Infections


The general management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma is discussed. Pathophysiological mechanisms of bronchial obstruction and inflammation are briefly described. The importance of preventive measures is emphasized. Medicine prescribed in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, their relative place in treatment schedules and route of administration are reviewed. Finally, the importance of maximal bronchodilatation in exacerbations is stressed and the few indications for antibiotic treatment are discussed.


Asthma Drug administration Drug therapy Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. G. Kaajan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pulmonary DiseasesFoundation of Deventer HospitalsGC Deventerthe Netherlands

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