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What information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will your doctor assign grades to?

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The original GOLD system used the term “stages” to refer to the different levels of COPD. Now they’re called “grades.” Your doctor will assign grades to four separate pieces of information:

  • How severe your current symptoms are
  • Your spirometry results
  • The chances that your COPD will get worse
  • The presence of other health problems

From: COPD Stages and the Gold Criteria WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: COPD Foundation: “What is COPD?”

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: “Global Strategy for Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD – 2016,” “The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).”

American Family Physician , Nov. 16, 2013.

UpToDate: “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Definition, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and staging.”

Mayo Clinic: “Spirometry.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 17, 2019

SOURCES: COPD Foundation: “What is COPD?”

Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: “Global Strategy for Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD – 2016,” “The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).”

American Family Physician , Nov. 16, 2013.

UpToDate: “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Definition, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and staging.”

Mayo Clinic: “Spirometry.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 17, 2019

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