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How is stage IV chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treated?

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You use the same treatments from earlier stages, though you may need different doses or need some of them more often:

Surgery may also be an option. You'd only get it if drugs don't work for you. And even then, it only helps a small number of people.

  • Short-term and long-term bronchodilators
  • Steroids and antibiotics
  • Pulmonary rehab plan
  • Oxygen therapy

From: End-Stage COPD (Stage 4) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD," "Respiratory Failure."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

CDC: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

American Thoracic Society: "Surgery for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

European Respiratory Journal : "Palliative and end-of-life care for patients with severe COPD."

American Lung Association: "Palliative Care and COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: "What You Can Do About a Lung Disease Called COPD."

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: "Stages of COPD and Spirometric Classifications."

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "COPD," "Respiratory Failure."

Medscape: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

CDC: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."

YourLungHealth.org: "Stages of COPD."

American Thoracic Society: "Surgery for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

European Respiratory Journal : "Palliative and end-of-life care for patients with severe COPD."

American Lung Association: "Palliative Care and COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 26, 2019

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