Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Introduction FeedbackA general introduction to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.Source: Clinical Knowledge Summaries
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by airflow obstruction which is usually progressive, not fully reversible, and does not change markedly over several months.
Tobacco smoking is the major risk factor for development of COPD.
There may be disability and impairment of quality of life.
A diagnosis of COPD can be made if the person meets all of the following criteria:
Age older than 35 years.
Presence of a risk factor (for example smoking, history of smoking, or an occupational exposure).
Absence of clinical features of asthma.
Presence of airflow obstruction confirmed by post-bronchodilator spirometry.
Typical symptoms include:
Regular sputum production.
Frequent 'winter bronchitis'.
Other symptoms include weight loss, exercise intolerance, ankle swelling, fatigue, and chest pain or haemoptysis (rare).
Signs include hyperinflated chest, wheeze or quiet breath sounds, pursed lip breathing, use of accessory muscles, peripheral oedema, cyanosis, raised jugular venous pressure, and cachexia.
Post-bronchodilator spirometry should be measured to confirm the diagnosis of COPD.
Spirometry should be carried out 15–20 minutes after inhalation of salbutamol.
In COPD, the ratio of forced expiratory volume in 1 second to forced vital capacity (FEV1/FVC ratio) is less than 0.7.
Severity should be assessed in terms of:
The degree of airflow obstruction according to the reduction in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1).
The degree of breathlessness according to the Medical Research Council dyspnoea scale.
Presence of cor pulmonale.
The person's smoking history should be documented and encouragement given regarding stopping.
Anxiety or depression should be screened for in people who are hypoxic or have severe dyspnoea.
The full blood count should be checked, and other investigations arranged as appropriate.
The person should be offered inhaled treatment — strategies for stepping up inhaled treatments differ according to the reduction in FEV1.
Referral should be considered, when appropriate:
To a respiratory specialist, for assessment for oxygen therapy.
For pulmonary rehabilitation.
To a physiotherapist.
To social services and occupational therapy.
An annual influenza vaccination and a once-only pneumococcal vaccination should be advised.
A self-management plan that includes how to recognize the early signs of an exacerbation and respond appropriately should be discussed.
Acute exacerbations should be treated by prescribing:
Systemic corticosteroids for people with a significant increase in breathlessness.
Oral antibiotics for people with a history of more purulent sputum or clinical signs of pneumonia.
Advice should be offered on nutrition, medications, exercise, and flying.
Cor pulmonale should be managed, usually by referring the person to a respiratory specialist.
All people with COPD should be followed up; the frequency of follow up depends on the severity of disease.
End-of-life issues should be discussed when appropriate.
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