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Dyspnoea in Advanced DiseaseA guide to clinical management$
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Sara Booth and Deborah Dudgeon

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530039.001.0001

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Dyspnea in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder

Dyspnea in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder

(p.55) 4 Dyspnea in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
Dyspnoea in Advanced Disease

Michelle M. Peters

Denis E. Oʼdonnell

Oxford University Press

Respiratory discomfort or dyspnoea is the primary symptom of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and is a prime contributor to the poor quality of life of patients diagnosed with this disease. This chapter examines the pathophysiology of COPD during rest and exercise to determine the origin of the symptom. It examines the relationship between dyspnoea and the ventilatory mechanisms and gas exchange in COPD, and also considers the possible neurophysiological underpinnings of this symptom.

Keywords:   COPD, pathophysiology of COPD, ventilatory mechanisms, gas exchange, neurophysiology, respiratory discomfort

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