Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common respiratory diseases of the developed world and interest in the condition is burgeoning both among physicians encountering the disorder and within the pharmaceutical industry. International guidelines for diagnosis and management have been formulated and our basic understanding of the underlying disease processes has led to major improvements in patient care and the development of new methods of treatment.The second edition of this book reflects these many changes.
Contents: Defining chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
pathology; epidemiology; genetics; occupational factors; air pollution airway
responsiveness; infection; protease and antiprotease; oxidant; antioxidant;
inflammation and repair; lung mechanisms; pulmonary gas exchange; respiratory
muscles; ventilatory control and breathlesness; pulmonary circulation; fluid
balance; exercise; sleep; clinical and laboratory assessment; imaging; smoking
cessation and prevention; pharmacology in COPD; symptomatic brochodilator treatment;
corticosteroid treatment; exacerbations of COPD; non-invasive ventilation; ventilation;
domiciliary oxygen therapy; pulmonary rehabilitation; health status; bullous
lung volume reduction surgery; lung transplantation; guidelines.