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Convergence in the epidemiology and pathogenesis of COPD and pneumonia


Gautam, SS and O'Toole, RF, Convergence in the epidemiology and pathogenesis of COPD and pneumonia, COPD, 13, (6) pp. 790-798. ISSN 1541-2555 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/15412555.2016.1191456


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the main causes of human mortalities globally after heart disease and stroke. There is increasing evidence of an aetiological association between COPD and pneumonia, the leading infectious cause of death globally in children under 5 years. In this review, we discuss the known risk factors of COPD that are also shared with pneumonia including smoking, air pollution, age and immune suppression. We review how lung pathology linked to a previous history of pneumonia may heighten susceptibility to the development of COPD in later life. Furthermore, we examine how specific aspects of COPD immunology could contribute to the manifestation of pneumonia. Based on the available evidence, a convergent relationship is becoming apparent with respect to the pathogenesis of COPD and pneumonia. This has implications for the management of both diseases, and the development of new interventions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:chronic airway obstruction, corticosteroid, lung inflammation, respiratory infection
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical microbiology
Research Field:Medical bacteriology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gautam, SS (Mr Sanjay Gautam)
UTAS Author:O'Toole, RF (Dr Ronan O'Toole)
ID Code:109450
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-06-17
Last Modified:2018-03-06

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