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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2012 May;30(2):223-47, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2011.10.005.

Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the emergency department.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Alberta Health Services: Calgary Zone, Foothills Medical Center, 1403 29th Street Northwest, Room C231, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 2T9. Cory.Brulotte@albertahealthservices.ca

Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPDs) are a common presentation to emergency departments and are an important cause of respiratory failure. This article discusses the disease process and diagnosis of COPD and AECOPD. A further in-depth discussion is undertaken of evidence-based treatments, palliation, and disposition of patients who present to emergency departments with AECOPD.

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22487106
DOI:
10.1016/j.emc.2011.10.005
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