COPD in elderly patients

G. Paolisso

Department of Medical, Surgical, Neurological, Ageing and Metabolic Sciences, Second University of Naples, Italy

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable respiratory disease which is a major cause of chronic morbidity and mortality throughout the world, representing the fourth leading cause of death in the world.

COPD is characterized by persistent airflow limitation that is usually progressive and associated with an enhanced chronic inflammatory response in the airways and the lung to noxious particles or gases. Exacerbations and comorbidities contribute to the overall severity in individual patients.

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