COPD exacerbations: important events in the course of the disease

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COPD exacerbations negatively affect the course of the disease and patient quality of life1

  • Reducing the risk of exacerbations is critical, particularly moderate-to-severe exacerbations1-3

  • History of past exacerbations is a predictor of future events4

  • When considering COPD exacerbation treatment, weigh the risks and benefits1

Not all exacerbations are the same

Definition of exacerbation

An exacerbation of COPD is an acute event characterised by a worsening of the patient’s respiratory symptoms that is beyond normal day-to-day variations and leads to a change in medication. Increasing symptoms include cough, sputum production, and increased breathlessness.1

Mild
Self-managed
by patient3
Moderate
Medication change by HCP3
Severe
Requires
hospitalisation3

References
1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Updated 2016. www.goldcopd.org. Accessed January 5, 2016. 2. Burge S, Wedzicha JA. COPD exacerbations: definitions and classifications. Eur Respir J. 2013;21(41 suppl):46s-53s. 3. American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society. Standards for the diagnosis and management of patients with COPD. 2004. 4. Hurst JR, Vestbo J, Anzueto A, et al; for the Evaluation of COPD Longitudinally to Identify Predictive Surrogate Endpoints (ECLIPSE) Investigators. Susceptibility to exacerbation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. N Engl J Med. 2010;363(12):1128-1138.