Chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD) disease refers to a group of chronic lung diseases that lead to limitations in lung airflow. Some of the common manifestations of the disease include excessive production of sputum, breathlessness, and chronic cough. There were 64 million people with the disease in the year 2004, with 3 million deaths recorded (World Health Organization, ‘Facts’ para. 1.). The World Health Organization also predicts that COPD will be the third cause of deaths by the year 2030. The discussion below will center on the causes, management, prognosis, and diagnosis of COPD.
Causes of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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