Respiratory Problems in the Elderly

  • Donald A. Mahler
  • H. Worth Parker
  • Peter B. Barlow
Part of the Contemporary Geriatric Medicine book series (COGM, volume 2)


This chapter focuses on three important and very common problems experienced by elderly individuals: cigarette smoking, pleural diseases, and tuberculosis. The long-term effects of cigarette smoking on the respiratory tract include carcinoma of the lung and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), both of which are major causes of increased morbidity and mortality in the geriatric population. The section on Cigarette Smoking details the health effects of voluntary as well as involuntary or passive smoking and then outlines practical strategies for the health care professional to aid the patient in smoking cessation.


Cigarette Smoking Smoking Cessation Pleural Effusion Pleural Fluid Malignant Mesothelioma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald A. Mahler
    • 1
  • H. Worth Parker
    • 2
  • Peter B. Barlow
    • 3
  1. 1.Pulmonary Function LaboratoryDartmouth Medical SchoolHanoverUSA
  2. 2.Respiratory TherapyDartmouth Medical SchoolHanoverUSA
  3. 3.Pulmonary SectionDartmouth Medical SchoolHanoverUSA

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