Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Very common

More than 3 million US cases per year.

  • One of the most common causes is smoking

  • Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured

  • Lab tests or imaging often required

  • Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong

Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common conditions that make up COPD. Damage to the lungs from COPD can't be reversed.

Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, pus, or a chronic cough.

Rescue inhalers and inhaled or oral steroids can help control symptoms and minimize further damage.