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Ugeskr Laeger. 2008 May 5;170(19):1634-8.

[Oxygen therapy in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease].

[Article in Danish]

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  • 1Hvidovre Hospital, Hjerte-lungemedicinsk Afdeling Y, Hvidovre. ringbaek@dadlnet.dk

Abstract

Acute exacerbation of COPD is a major cause of hospitalisation in Denmark. Most of the patients require supplemental oxygen in the acute phase and some patients continue oxygen therapy at home after discharge. In this paper we discuss the physiological mechanisms of respiratory failure seen in acute exacerbations of COPD. The principles for oxygen therapy in the acute phase are described and recommendations for oxygen therapy are suggested.

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