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.
Also Known As: Exacerbation of COPD
Common Misspellings: COPD exaserbation, COPD exaxerbation
Examples: Uncle Joe was recently hospitalized for a COPD exacerbation.