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What do the terms "pink puffer" and "blue bloater" mean?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Older Terms

These are older terms- the pink puffer classically described a patient with emphysema (thin, pink means oxygenated).
The blue bloated means a patient with chronic bronchitis (poorly oxygenated- blue and overweight). We now know there is a lot of overlap between these two types of patients.

In brief: Older Terms

These are older terms- the pink puffer classically described a patient with emphysema (thin, pink means oxygenated).
The blue bloated means a patient with chronic bronchitis (poorly oxygenated- blue and overweight). We now know there is a lot of overlap between these two types of patients.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Chong Kim
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Chronic lung disease

Those terms are sometimes used for patients with COPD or emphysema.
They are usually signs of low oxygen state.

In brief: Chronic lung disease

Those terms are sometimes used for patients with COPD or emphysema.
They are usually signs of low oxygen state.
Dr. Chong Kim
Dr. Chong Kim
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: COPD types

Classically, COPD is separated into patients who predominantly have either chronic bronchitis (blue bloater because they're frequently cyanotic and overweight) or emphysema ( pink and thin or underweight).
Most patients are mixtures of both with 75% or more patients having chronic bronchitis.

In brief: COPD types

Classically, COPD is separated into patients who predominantly have either chronic bronchitis (blue bloater because they're frequently cyanotic and overweight) or emphysema ( pink and thin or underweight).
Most patients are mixtures of both with 75% or more patients having chronic bronchitis.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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