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Impact of bronchiectasis on the frequency and severity of respiratory exacerbations in COPD

Authors Labaki WW, Han MK

Received 30 March 2018

Accepted for publication 19 April 2018

Published 31 July 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 2335—2338

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S169760

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell


Wassim W Labaki, MeiLan K Han

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

In a recent issue of the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Kawamatawong et al reported an association between chest CT-detected bronchiectasis and frequent or severe respiratory exacerbations in 72 Thai patients with COPD (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 4.99; 95% CI 1.31–18.94; p=0.018).1 Frequent exacerbations were defined as two or more events per year, and severe ones as those requiring hospitalization. The results of this study are consistent with those previously reported by Martínez-García et al who found bronchiectasis to be independently asso¬ciated with severe COPD exacerbations in 92 subjects (OR 3.07; 95% CI 1.07–8.77; p=0.037).2

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