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Definition of COPD Exacerbation

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Updated November 01, 2013

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Definition: In simplest terms, having a COPD exacerbation means you are experiencing a sudden, worsening, or flare-up, of COPD symptoms.

In more in-depth terms, the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) defines a COPD exacerbation as a period in the natural course of the disease that is characterized by a worsening of your baseline symptoms -- such as dyspnea, cough and/or sputum production. This change may well warrant a check-in with the doctor and a modification in your current medication regimen.

The two primary causes of COPD exacerbation are lung infections and air pollution, but sometimes the cause is unknown.

Read What is a COPD Exacerbation? to learn more about causes, signs and symptoms and treatment of COPD exacerbation. Discover the steps you need to take to prevent a COPD exacerbation.

 

Also Known As: Exacerbation of COPD

Common Misspellings: COPD exaserbation, COPD exaxerbation

Examples: Uncle Joe was recently hospitalized for a COPD exacerbation.

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