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What are the symptoms of stage IV chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Many of the symptoms you had in earlier stages, like coughing, mucus, shortness of breath, and tiredness, are likely to get worse.

Just breathing takes a lot of effort.

You may also get a condition called chronic respiratory failure. This is when not enough oxygen moves from your lungs into your blood, or when your lungs don't take enough carbon dioxide out of your blood. Sometimes, both happen.

You may notice:

  • Crackling sound as you start to breathe in
  • Barrel chest
  • Constant wheezing
  • Out breaths that last very long

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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