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What is the BODE Index for emphysema?

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This staging system measures how much emphysema impacts your daily life. It looks at four main areas:

Studies show that the BODE Index gives doctors a better idea about your outlook than FEV1. And they can use those findings to see how well you’ll respond to medications, lung rehab therapy, and other treatments.

  • Body mass index (B): how much body fat you have compared to your height and weight
  • Airflow limitation (O, for obstruction): how damaged your lungs, based on pulmonary (lung) function tests
  • Breathlessness (D, doctors call it “dyspnea”): how often you feel like you’re out of breath and when
  • Exercise capacity (E): how far you can walk in 6 minutes

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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