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What is exacerbation risk in relation to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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Another thing that’s part of your overall COPD assessment is your exacerbation risk. An exacerbation is a time when your COPD symptoms get so bad you need to make a change in your medication. These flare-ups are more likely if your spirometric result is GOLD 3 or GOLD 4.

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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