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What are the methods that describe stages of emphysema?

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Doctors describe how bad your emphysema is by using what they call “stages.” They use two main methods to come up with this information -- the GOLD Emphysema Staging System and the BODE Index.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Definition, Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis, and Staging.”

Albert R. Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Clinical Respiratory Medicine,

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Definition, Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis, and Staging.”

Albert R. Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Clinical Respiratory Medicine,

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 15, 2019

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