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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and COPD

  • Nabid Zaer
  • John R. Hurst
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Abstract

In this chapter we will consider the relevance of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), particularly with regard to COPD exacerbations. COPD is a long-term condition, progressive in its clinical course, characterised by persistent airflow limitation and chronic airway inflammation. Exacerbations contribute to the clinical severity in individual patients and are defined as episodic deteriorations in respiratory health. GERD, being common in the general population, is also highly prevalent in COPD. However, GERD has emerged as a potential risk factor for exacerbations of COPD in many studies employing diverse methodology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCL Respiratory MedicineUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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