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Obesity and Lung Disease

A Guide to Management

  • Anne E. Dixon
  • Emmanuelle M. Clerisme-Beaty

Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Cheryl M. Salome, Gregory G. King, Norbert Berend
    Pages 1-20
  3. Stephanie A. Shore
    Pages 21-45
  4. Jason Paul Kirkness, Susheel P. Patil
    Pages 71-97
  5. Stephen W. Littleton, Babak Mokhlesi
    Pages 99-118
  6. E. Rand Sutherland
    Pages 139-152
  7. Frits M. E. Franssen, Emiel F. M. Wouters
    Pages 153-164
  8. Anna Ryan Hemnes, Ivan M. Robbins
    Pages 165-182
  9. Renee D. Stapleton, Benjamin T. Suratt
    Pages 183-199
  10. Mikhail Litinski, Robert L. Owens, Atul Malhotra
    Pages 201-215
  11. Jason E. Lang
    Pages 217-239
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 241-248

About this book


As a result of the rapidly growing rate of obesity worldwide, clinicians are struggling to provide the best strategies for treating obese patients with concomitant pulmonary conditions. Obesity does not simply change the epidemiology of pulmonary disease; obesity has a profound impact on the pathophysiology of common pulmonary diseases. Obesity affects the severity of asthma, response to treatment, and is likely a major modifier of the phenotype of asthma. Obesity also appears to affect response to pathogens, and as such has a major influence on response to pneumonia, and has a significant impact on outcomes pertaining to acute lung injury in the intensive care unit. Obesity and Lung Disease: A Guide to Management is the first text in the field to cover the full range of issues related to managing obese patients with pulmonary problems. All the relevant conditions, in the context of obesity, are covered, including airway inflammation, sleep apnea, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation, as well as others. Written by an international group of experts, this important new volume is an invaluable resource for all clinicians and scientists concerned with the challenging problems surrounding obesity and lung diseases.



Acute Lung Injury Airway Responsiveness Asthma COPD Hypoventilation Syndrome Immune Function Lung Obesity Obstructive Sleep Apnea Pulmonary Host Defense Pulmonary Hypertension

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne E. Dixon
    • 1
  • Emmanuelle M. Clerisme-Beaty
    • 2
  1. 1., Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineUniversity of Vermont College of MedicinBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2., Clinical Development Medical AffairsRespiratory Boehringer Ingelheim PharmacRidgefieldUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“The editors aim to review the impact of obesity on respiratory diseases from both a physiopathological and a clinical point of view. … I have really enjoyed reading this book and … its strength relies on a concise format, an appealing style and clear messages, with graphs and illustrations present in most of the chapters. I highly recommend it to any respiratory physician and … an excellent initial resource for scientists when searching for information on this topic.” (S. Aliberti, European Respiratory Review, Vol. 23 (131), March, 2014)