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Outcomes for symptomatic non-obstructed individuals and individuals with mild (GOLD stage 1) COPD in a population based cohort

Authors Perez-Padilla R, Wehrmeister FC, Montes de Oca M, Lopez MV, Jardim JR, Muiño A, Valdivia G, Menezes AMB

Received 28 May 2018

Accepted for publication 30 July 2018

Published 26 October 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 3549—3561


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Rogelio Perez-Padilla,1 Fernando C Wehrmeister,2 Maria Montes de Oca,3 Maria Victorina Lopez,4 Jose R Jardim,5 Adriana Muiño,4 Gonzalo Valdivia,6 Ana Maria B Menezes,2
On behalf of the PLATINO group

1National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, Mexico City, Mexico; 2Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil; 3Pulmonary Division, Hospital Universitario de Caracas, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela; 4Faculty of Medicine, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay; 5Federal University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil; 6Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Background: We aimed to study the adverse outcomes of symptomatic and asymptomatic non-obstructed individuals and those with mild COPD longitudinally in participants from three Latin-American cities.
Methods: Two population-based surveys of adults with spirometry were conducted for these same individuals with a 5- to 9-year interval. We evaluated the impact of respiratory symptoms (cough, phlegm, wheezing or dyspnea) in non-obstructed individuals, and among those classified as Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stage 1, COPD on exacerbation frequency, mortality and FEV1 decline, compared with asymptomatic individuals without airflow obstruction or restriction.
Results: Non-obstructed symptomatic individuals had a marginal increased risk of mortality (HR 1.3; 95% CI 0.9–1.94), increased FEV1 decline (−4.5 mL/year; 95% CI −8.6, −0.4) and increased risk of 2+ exacerbations in the previous year (OR 2.6; 95% CI 1.2–6.5). Individuals with GOLD stage 1 had a marginal increase in mortality (HR 1.5; 95% CI 0.93–2.3) but a non-significant impact on FEV1 decline or exacerbations compared with non-obstructed individuals.
Conclusions: The presence of respiratory symptoms in non-obstructed individuals was a predictor of mortality, lung-function decline and exacerbations, whereas the impact of GOLD stage 1 was mild and inconsistent. Respiratory symptoms were associated with asthma, current smoking, and the report of heart disease. Spirometric case-finding and treatment should target individuals with moderate-to-severe airflow obstruction and those with restriction, the groups with consistent increased mortality.

Keywords: spirometry, airflow obstruction, COPD, mild COPD, lung function decline, COPD exacerbations, screening for COPD

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