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What is difference between COPD and asthma?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Airflow obstruction

Both diseases cause airflow obstruction.
In COPD the obstruction is relatively irreversible with medications called bronchodilators. In asthma the airflow can be partially or fully restored with bronchdilators. Also more COPD patients are active or former smokers than asthmatics.

In brief: Airflow obstruction

Both diseases cause airflow obstruction.
In COPD the obstruction is relatively irreversible with medications called bronchodilators. In asthma the airflow can be partially or fully restored with bronchdilators. Also more COPD patients are active or former smokers than asthmatics.
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Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: Reversibility

Generally asthma is episodic & extrinsic but COPD is intrinsic & progressive.

In brief: Reversibility

Generally asthma is episodic & extrinsic but COPD is intrinsic & progressive.
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