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What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Category...

Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one disease that causes chronic airway obstruction.
Chronic airway obstruction is a more general category and there are other pulmonary disease that also cause chronic airway obstruction, like bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

In brief: Category...

Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one disease that causes chronic airway obstruction.
Chronic airway obstruction is a more general category and there are other pulmonary disease that also cause chronic airway obstruction, like bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
5 doctors agree

In brief: Subtle

Chronic airway obstruction is a broader term that encompasses copd, chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis and various less common diseases that cause small airway obstruction.
There is another entity - large airway obstruction that is not associated with COPD but rather with tumors or anatomic abnormalities such as a large goiter, for example.

In brief: Subtle

Chronic airway obstruction is a broader term that encompasses copd, chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchiectasis and various less common diseases that cause small airway obstruction.
There is another entity - large airway obstruction that is not associated with COPD but rather with tumors or anatomic abnormalities such as a large goiter, for example.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: Similar

One of the causes of chronic airway obstruction is copd.
Both terms are used interchangeably. Chronic airway obstruction can also be due to extrinsic compression of the trachea or bronchioles.

In brief: Similar

One of the causes of chronic airway obstruction is copd.
Both terms are used interchangeably. Chronic airway obstruction can also be due to extrinsic compression of the trachea or bronchioles.
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Category...

Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one disease that causes chronic airway obstruction.
So, chronic airway obstruction is the category that COPD falls under.

In brief: Category...

Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one disease that causes chronic airway obstruction.
So, chronic airway obstruction is the category that COPD falls under.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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