COPD

Janet Arciniega & Kristie Morales

Pathophysiology

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that block air flow and make it difficult to breathe. A complex syndrome comprised of airway inflammation, mucociliary dysfunction and consequent airway structural changes.

Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chronic cough
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Fatigue

Location in the respiratory system

It is located in the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes).

Treatments

Rescue inhalers and inhaled or oral steroids can help control symptoms and minimize further damage.

Specialist that treats the condition

  • A pulmonologist
  • A Physician
  • Your doctor