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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 in Chronic Disease

Updated: 05/26/2006 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive and debilitating lung disease. The disease is characterized by irreversible airflow limitation in the lungs. The umbrella of COPD encompasses the following conditions:Emphysema, in which the alveoli in the lungs, the tiny sacs where oxygen transfer takes place, are destroyed and enlarged Chronic bronchitis, or the permanent inflammation of airways, accompanied by a chronic cough COPD exacts a tremendous toll on society. It affects more than 16 million people in the United States, and by 2020 it is expected to...

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