Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Quiz

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Respiratory medicine, Critical Care

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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Damage of the lungs from extended smoking or smoke exposure. The airways become narrow, while the lung tissue becomes damaged and develops bubbles (blebs). COPD patients are also vulnerable to lung infections.

Symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • Cough

  • Feeling breathless

  • Bouts of violent coughing

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Previous or active smoker

  • Blood in saliva

  • Phlegm

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you have coughing fits?

  • Is your breathing noisy; e.g. wheezing, rattling?

  • Do you currently smoke, or have you ever smoked in the past (including electronic cigarettes)?

Treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The most important step in treating COPD is quitting smoking. Other medications include daily inhalers to open the airways, and antibiotics when infections occur. In severe cases, machines may be needed to supply oxygen or help with breathing. Surgery may help with removing damaged portions of lung tissue.

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Medically Reviewed By:

Phillip Aguila

Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA

Respiratory medicine, Critical Care

Eisaku Kamakura

Eisaku Kamakura, MD

Respiratory medicine

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