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The Korean Journal of Medicine 2009;77(4): 422-428.
COPD의 치료가이드
정 기 석
Management of COPD
Ki-Suck Jung
The prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Korea is reported to be 17.5% in aged over 45 years. The overall approach should be individualized and dependent upon the severity of the disease and clinical status of the patient. Objectives of COPD treatment are improvement of airflow obstruction, prevention and management of co-morbidity and complication of COPD and upgrading in the quality of life. Pharmacologic therapy includes bronchodilators such as beta-2 agonists, anticholinergic and theophylline. Another key pharmacologic agent is glucocorticosteroid which reduces acute exaceerbation and inflammatory burden in COPD airways. Non-pharmacologic management is not less important. Education including smoking cessation, rehabilitation, home oxygen therapy along with appropriate vaccination. More importantly, doctor-patient-patron relationship plays a central role in long-term management of COPD. (Korean J Med 77:422-428, 2009)
Keywords: COPD; Treatment; Pharmacologic therapy; Non-pharmacologic therapy
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