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What is the difference between chronic airway obstuction and copd?
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Difference...
COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and it is one entity that causes chronic obstruction.
There are other diseases that cause chronic obstruction so chronic obstruction is the more general category that COPD falls under.

In brief: Difference...
COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and it is one entity that causes chronic obstruction.
There are other diseases that cause chronic obstruction so chronic obstruction is the more general category that COPD falls under.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Copd
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease- a disease of terminal bronchioles with thick secretions obstructing the airway/ or loss of elasticity causing decreased air exchange at the level of alveoli.
Whereas chronic air way obstruction implies physical obstruction such as stenosis, tumors, ( extrinsic or intrinsic) impeding the airflow.

In brief: Copd
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease- a disease of terminal bronchioles with thick secretions obstructing the airway/ or loss of elasticity causing decreased air exchange at the level of alveoli.
Whereas chronic air way obstruction implies physical obstruction such as stenosis, tumors, ( extrinsic or intrinsic) impeding the airflow.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
true, but sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably
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