Differentiating COPD and asthma: is it worth the effort?

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• COPD and asthma are common and often underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed in adults. • The symptoms of COPD develop slowly and may be attributed to ageing or other causes. • It is important to differentiate between COPD and asthma because the treatment approaches differ. • Spirometry is an underused resource that supplements good history taking in distinguishing between the conditions. • The various drugs used to relieve the symptoms of asthma and COPD are not equally effective in the two conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine Today
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


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