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Revista americana de medicina respiratoria

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FALCO, Jimena et al. Respuesta post broncodilatadora en la capacidad vital forzada en pacientes con EPOC. Rev. am. med. respir. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.2, pp.137-143. ISSN 1852-236X.

The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by persistent airflow limitation. It is a frequent, known and treatable disease. The diagnosis requires tobacco smoking personal history or expositional history and evidence of an obstructive pattern at the spirometry measured before and after bronchodilators. The degree of reversibility of airfow differs between patients, and does not predict the response to bronchodilator therapy. It can be seen in terms of forced vital capacity or forced expiratory fow, depending on the severity of the disease. This paper presents the differences in bronchodilator response in terms of measurements of the flow and the volume in patients diagnosed with COPD at different stages of GOLD. The bronchodilator response and its relationship to the severity of the disease were analized.

Keywords : COPD; Spirometry; Vital capacity; Forced expiratory volume.

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