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Aging and Lung Disease

A Clinical Guide

  • Margaret Pisani
  • Discusses key physiologic changes in lung structure and function in older adults

  • Provides state-of-the-art reviews of epidemiology, disease presentation, and diagnosis and management as it pertains to older patients

  • Covers special considerations in lung-disorder management in older patients


Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Physiologic Changes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carlos A. Vaz Fragoso
      Pages 3-24
    3. Flavia C. L. Hoyte, Rohit K. Katial
      Pages 25-43
    4. Stephanie O. Zandieh, Eliot S. Katz
      Pages 45-59
  3. Lung Diseases in Older Patients: Epidemiology, Presentation, Diagnosis, Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Shiwan K. Shah, Shawn P. E. Nishi, Gulshan Sharma
      Pages 63-87
    3. Scott Gettinger, Lynn Tanoue
      Pages 89-109
    4. Kerri Akaya Smith, Aaron B. Waxman
      Pages 111-131
    5. Aditi Mathur, Maor Sauler, Margaret Pisani
      Pages 133-153
    6. Francoise J. Roux
      Pages 155-172
    7. Farhan Siddiqui, Carolyn D’Ambrosio
      Pages 173-188
    8. Madhavi Parekh, David L. Kamelhar, Neil W. Schluger
      Pages 189-199
    9. Danielle Antin-Ozerkis
      Pages 201-226
    10. Kathleen M. Akgün, Kristina Crothers
      Pages 227-252
    11. Timothy Floreth, Sangeeta M. Bhorade
      Pages 253-264
    12. Margaret L. Isaac, J. Randall Curtis
      Pages 283-303
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 305-314

About this book


People age 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.  In the 2010 census 16% of the population, 50 million people, were age 65 and older.  That number is projected to increase to 66 million by the year 2050.  Life expectancy has also increased, with recent CDC reports indicating life expectancy at 77.9 years.  Age-adjusted death rates have decreased significantly with the largest changes occurring in older patients.  Despite these trends, the 10 leading causes of death include several pulmonary etiologies including lung cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia.

Aging and Lung Disease: A Clinical Guide  is devoted to understanding the impact of respiratory diseases in older patients.  It includes reviews of physiology of the aging lung, allergy and immunology of the aging, as well as sleep changes over the life cycle.  There are also comprehensive reviews on specific disease topics including chronic obstructive lung disease, lung cancer, atypical mycobacteria, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism, obstructive sleep apnea, and sleep disorders in older patients.  Two chapters focus on unique issues in older patients; HIV and lung transplant. Included also are important chapters on assessing functional and cognitive status and end-of-life issues in older patients with lung disease.  In addition to outlining the current state of knowledge, each chapter focuses on special considerations when caring for older patients.  Of particular interest to pulmonologists, internists, and gerontologists, other readers, such as pulmonary and geriatric nurse practitioners, as well as clinical researchers interested in both pulmonary and aging issues, will find Aging and Lung Disease: A Clinical Guide to be a vital resource for improving their care of older patients with lung disorders.


Aging lung Allergy Asthma COPD Cognititve status HIV Interstitial Lung Disease Lung Cancer Lung disease Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Pulmonary Embolism Pulmonary Hypertension Sleep Apnea

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret Pisani
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Aging and Lung Disease
  • Book Subtitle A Clinical Guide
  • Editors Margaret Pisani
  • Series Title Respiratory Medicine
  • Series Abbreviated Title Respiratory Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60761-726-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61779-761-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-60761-727-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 316
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pneumology/Respiratory System
    Internal Medicine
    Primary Care Medicine
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