TITLE

Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in elderly patients often require treatment with antibacterials

PUB. DATE
July 2010
SOURCE
Drugs & Therapy Perspectives;Jul2010, Vol. 26 Issue 7, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an inflammatory lung disease that increases in frequency with increasing age. Acute exacerbations of COPD affect healthrelated quality of life and account for half of COPD-related costs. Management of such exacerbations in the elderly poses unique problems because of the high rate of co-morbidities and polypharmacy. Most acute COPD exacerbations are caused by bacterial or viral infections, and are treated empirically with antibacterial agents. Other modalities of use in the management of exacerbations include bronchodilators, systemic corticosteroids and noninvasive ventilation.
ACCESSION #
52800204

 

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