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Diagnosis of asthma–COPD overlap: the five commandments 1) A patient with asthma may develop non-fully reversible airflow obstruction but this is not COPD, not even ACO; it is obstructive asthma. 2) A patient with asthma who smokes may also develop non-fully reversible airflow obstruction, which differs from obstructive asthma and from “pure” COPD. This is the most frequent type of patient with ACO. 3) Some patients who smoke and develop COPD may have a genetic Th2 background (even in the absence of a previous history of asthma) and can be identified by high eosinophil counts in peripheral blood.These individuals could be included under the umbrella term of ACO. 4) A patient with COPD and a positive bronchodilator test (>200 mL and >12% FEV1 change) has reversible COPD but is not an asthmatic, or even ACO. 5) A patient with COPD and a very positive bronchodilator test (>400 mL FEV1 change) is more likely to have some features of asthma and could also be classified as ACO.
COPD-OSA Overlap Syndrome The recognition of co-existing OSA in COPD patients has important clinical relevance as the management of patients with overlap syndrome is different from COPDalone, and the survival of overlap patients not treated with nocturnal positive airway pressure is significantly inferior to those overlap patients appropriately treated.
COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases or chronic bronchitis) Assessment of the risk of death in this patients depend on their BODE Index B stand for BMI, O- Obstruction depending on FEV1, D - Shortness of breath OR dyspnea using MMRC scale , E - Exercise capacity, measured by 6 minutes walk test 6MWT.This index calculated using a scale of 0 to 3 for each parameter, depending on severity. except BMI scale different < 21 is 0 and more than >21 is 1. BODE score of 7 to 10 falls in the higher chance of mortality. Other factors have also been associated with increased moribidity and mortality in COPD , For example : acute exacerbation of COPD, Hospitalization, cardiac comorbidities Survival benefit are smoking cessation and lung volume reduction surgery in selected patients .Oxygen is beneficial who are hypoxemic on room air. None of the medications consistently demonstrated to prolong life.
Personalised Medicine for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are prevalent condition sboth significant heterogeneity within each of these conditions and additionally significant overlap in many of the clinical and inflammatory features useful clinical and immunological biomarkers which inform about prognosis and response to therapy have emerged in both asthma and COPD. These biomarkers will allow both better targeting of existing treatments and the identification of those patients who will respond to novel therapies which are now becoming available Delivery of precision medicine in airways disease is now feasible and is a core component of a personalised healthcare delivery in asthma and COPD
Practical Recommendations for COPD: Evidence-Based Care The treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) depends on symptoms and history of exacerbation. These elements define the treatment strategies within the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Guidelines' ABCD assessment tool • Although not taken into account in the ABCD tool, spirometry remains important for the diagnosis and assessment of airflow limitation. Bronchodilators are first-line treatment, either as a single or dual bronchodilator treatment. • The recently available combination of a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) and a long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonist (LAMA) into a single inhaler has demonstrated improvement in lung function, either in combination or with monotherapy. In the SPARK study evaluating indacaterol/glycopyrrolate vs glycopyrronium and tiotropium (LABA/LAMA vs LAMA alone) for the prevention of exacerbation in patients with COPD, the combination therapy was superior to a single bronchodilator as measured by the reduction of exacerbations. • LABA/LAMA was also shown to be superior in the ILLUMINATE study, which compared the patient-reported outcomes and the transition dyspnea index (TDI) for patients on LABA/LAMA with patients on LABA/ICS (inhaled corticosteroid). Data from multiple studies show that ICS-containing regimens can also effectively reduce exacerbation rates. Data from post-hoc analyses of clinical trials suggest that patients with high levels of blood eosinophils may respond better to ICS therapy, whereas patients with very low levels of eosinophils may not respond. ICS therapy is associated with serious side effects, such as pneumonia. In the WISDOM trial, patients who discontinued ICS experienced approximately 40 mL in forced expiratory volume over 1 second (FEV1), indicating that ICS should be withdrawn very carefully in some patients. As exacerbations are more frequent and often more severe in winter months, it is recommended to not withdraw steroids during that period Current evidence suggests that the combination of LABA/LAMA with ICS into a single inhaler will improve lung function, exacerbations, and symptoms Other treatment options besides triple therapy exist for patients who still experience exacerbations after LABA/LAMA treatment. • Roflumilast may be considered in patients with chronic bronchitis. • The use of long-term macrolides is possible in a particular profile subset of patients who have frequent exacerbations with bronchiectasis, bronchial colonization, and frequent bacterial infections.
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