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Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine
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Review Article

Bronchiectasis in COPD: A New Phenotype of COPD with Particular Attention

Jie Liu1, Xiangda Lao1, Xinjun Tang1, Shujing Chen1, Xiaoyan Jin2* and Yuanlin Song1*

1Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Zhongshan Hospital and Qingpu Branch, Fudan University, China

2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Shanghai Tongren Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, China

*Corresponding Author:
Yuanlin Song, M.D
Department of Pulmonary Medicine
Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University
Shanghai, 200032, P.R.China
Tel: 86-21-64041990-2445
E-mail: [email protected] / [email protected]
Xiaoyan Jin
Department of Pulmonary Medicine
Shanghai Tongren Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine
China
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: October 10, 2014; Accepted date: December 19, 2014; Published date: December 23, 2014

Citation: Liu J, Lao X, Tang X, Chen S, Jin X, et al. (2015) Bronchiectasis in COPD: A New Phenotype of COPD with Particular Attention. J Pulm Respir Med 5:226.doi:10.4172/2161-105X.1000226

Copyright: © 2015 Liu J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Bronchiectasis in Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been recognized as a potential new phenotype of COPD in recent years due to different clinical presentation, prognosis and treatment response. Broad application of CT scan significantly increased identification of bronchiectasis in COPDpatients. Although the exact mechanism of bronchiectasis development in COPD is lacking, the chronic airway inflammation, colonization of particular bacteria strain such as P. aeruginosa and continuous airway reconstruction may proceed to airway damage and following bronchiectasis. The significance of identifying bronchiectasis in COPD patients is to improve patients’ management through more individualized treatment regimen. Given the poor prognosis in COPD patients with bronchiectasis and limited evidenced based clinical experience, it is therefore essential to have high quality clinical trials conducted in this group of patients.

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