Researchers at the Peking University Third Hospital in China have found there is a high association between the chronic lung conditions chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis.
The study review found the prevalence of patients with both diseases was high worldwide, and studies in various countries show 33 percent to 69 percent of patients with COPD also suffer from bronchiectasis.
COPD patients who have bronchiectasis are likely to have a higher exacerbation frequency, worse symptoms, and increased mortality. Identifying bronchiectasis as a co-morbidity early will help doctors in treating patients and improving their quality of life and life expectancy.
The review suggests that older male COPD patients who smoke (or have smoked) are more likely to have bronchiectasis. Find out more about this review here.
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