Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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Guest: Lewis J. Wesselius, M.D.

Host: Darryl S. Chutka, M.D. (@ChutkaMD)

The topic of COPD including risk factors, evaluation and management is discussed with Dr. Lewis Wesselius, a pulmonologist in the Division of Thoracic Disease at the Mayo Clinic. Specific topics discussed include the following:

  • Review of the various types of COPD.
  • Similarities and differences between emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Financial complications of COPD.
  • Risk factors for COPD.
  • Appropriate tests to order when evaluating patients suspected of having COPD.
  • Determining the severity of COPD.
  • Management of patients with COPD including the role of bronchodilators, inhaled corticosteroids, antibiotics and oxygen.
  • COPD and the risk of lung cancer.

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