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The Disablement Process in COPD

  • Michael D. L. Morgan
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Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM)

Abstract

It is, to some extent, still understandable that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is seen as a one-dimensional problem where airway inflammation caused by cigarette smoking leads to airway obstruction, dyspnoea and activity limitation. In this model, the problem can be simply solved by the avoidance of cigarette smoking or a cure for airway inflammation. Whilst this theory may have continuing appeal for politicians, public health doctors and those scientists interested in airway inflammation, we now realise that it is a misleading over-simplification. The pathway that leads to incapacity in COPD begins with airway damage but becomes increasingly complex as it incorporates factors of influence in a multi system disease.

Keywords

COPD Airway inflammation Smoking Airway obstruction Dyspnoea Airway inflammation Incapacity Airway damage Multi-system disease 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Respiratory MedicineUniversity Hospital of Leicester, Glenfield HospitalLeicesterUK

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