How Do You Get Copd If You Don T Smoke – Author: Dr. Luke Hedrick, Dr. Ali Trainor, Dr. Kai Saukkonen, Dr. Richard Schwarzstein, Dr. Rebecca Omlor, Dr. Aaron Troy and Dr. Shreya P. Trivedi
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How Do You Get Copd If You Don T Smoke
Lucas: So let’s start with a case that we all know very well: You have an elderly patient who has smoked for 10 years or more in the past. They have cough, shortness of breath. So they get an empirical diagnosis of COPD and make some people breathe.
Copd Flare Ups
Doctor. Saukkonen: I’ve seen quite a few people diagnosed with COPD. Um, like you said, I guess that’s what they found. I think it’s more preferable to call someone with COPD if they have respiratory symptoms and a history of smoking.
Luke: What surprised me when I was working on this program is how often – depending on the study you look at, about 33% of patients will be diagnosed with COPD even without spirometry!
Shreya: Ah! and that’s a lot of bullshit, especially if we go back to two things to actually diagnose COPD: you need 1) symptoms like dyspnea, sputum production, wheezing, and #2, you need airway obstruction and spirometry without further explanation.
Ali: A quick note on PFT cutoffs, we usually use FEV1/FVC of 0.7 as a cutoff, but there are new guidelines to use instead of the 5th percentile or lower limit of normal bc, which may correct the systematic misinterpretation for women, children, and adults .
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (copd) Symptoms & Treatment
Shreya: It’s great that we define abbreviations based on what might work for different types of people. Okay, for those patients who had spirometry with this COPD symptom, I’m wondering how many of them had closed PFTs?
Luke: One study I looked at showed that only 62% of patients who are called and even treated for COPD actually have PFT antibodies!
Ali: Actually, I’m not surprised by that number. I have seen a large number of patients with a history of smoking without any evidence of COPD.
Luke: What worries me is that some studies have shown that even if spirometry shows no obstruction, 1 in 4 patients are treated for COPD after a year and a half.
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Ali: Not only that, but what really worries me is that we can treat people with COPD and they can’t, maybe there’s something else we’re missing.
Doctor. Saukkonen: Maybe they’ll have other smoking-related lung disease, bronchiolitis, interstitial lung disease, Langerhans cell fibroblasts, or maybe they’ll have heart failure, or maybe they’ll have lung cancer, or maybe , there will be something. not related at all.
Doctor. Saukkonen: There are days when it seems like everyone has reflux until proven otherwise, which can often contribute to breath sounds if they have reflux, and actually reflux and breathing.breathing that can help with breathing problems. There are other days when it seems like everyone has a mouth and a throat until proven otherwise. As a result, especially as people get older, things are not as they used to be.
Ali: Yes, I think that a lot of what we do in pulmonology helps to say that it’s not the lungs that cause shortness of breath.
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Shreya: Guys help me what can we do for all patients who come with COPD symptoms without spirometry test. Shouldn’t we start with COPD breathers?
Doctor. Saukkonen: “I think it does change a little bit, um, what the clinical situation is at this time with the patient, if you see somebody in the emergency room or in the hospital who’s, um, in serious trouble breathing, you’re dealing with , what you think is going on, you can theoretically deal with them and then worry about the details, but it’s very important to, um, try to do the survey.
Ali: I would think about it the way you think about worsening heart failure. If someone does not have CHD, but their clinical manifestations are consistent with worsening HF, of course you would give them a diuretic, but not start a beta blocker or an ACE inhibitor. . Since there is a COPD hypothesis, you can treat the disease in severe cases, but I would be cautious about continuing to breathe without spirometry.
Luke: On the other hand, as one of our reviewers, Dr. Jamie Betancourt, said, many patients undergo chest CT for one reason or another. Again, we can see signs of emphysema on an X-ray. In such a case – symptoms that are similar to COPD and its own signs – it is good to start treating fever and give PFT on an outpatient basis for confirmation.
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Shreya: I’m glad you mentioned that. it always comes! So Luke, why don’t we look at pearl 1
Luke: So, as good as it is to treat a serious respiratory problem like COPD, make sure you’re doing your best the next time you see someone with COPD who is on supportive care at the same meal. No spirometry – confirm they got a PFT! This can clarify whether the obstruction is actually causing their symptoms.
Shreya: Let’s say we finally do a spirometry test on our patient and there are signs of obstruction – we’ve cleared another obstruction. What is the next step?
Ali: One thing I learned recently is that you should test every COPD patient once for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, because that’s something we can treat if we treat it.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (copd)
Ali: People usually think about getting a blood test at least once to check their eosinophils.
Doctor. Saukkonen: “The course of COPD in terms of current treatment is closely related to phenotypes, do you know if you’re getting worse? Do you have high eosinophils, or do you have overlap syndrome of asthma and COPD? These are all clinical phenotypes that can say little more in treatment
Shreya: This is Dr. Doctor. Schwarzstein, chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Ali: The idea is that people with high eosinophils may have an allergic or inflammatory phenotype, and inhaled corticosteroids, or as we say ICS, will treat that immediately to reduce the irritation.
Trelegy For Copd
Ali: Well, if you don’t have high eosinophils, don’t have an inflammatory phenotype, then ICS will only lead to immunosuppression and a high risk of pneumonia.
Shreya: Ah, the true value of dire danger rears its head again! therefore, we have successfully used inhaled steroids only with an inflammatory phenotype. So what level of esoinphils should we look for as an indication that this person may have an inflammatory phenotype?
Lucas: Standards vary between studies and individual exercise regimens—some use a threshold of 300 or 400, but there is evidence that an eosinophil level of approximately >100 cells/microl predicts a patient’s risk of progression and potential response to ICS. If eos <100, the patient may have high levels of PNA and inhaled steroids.
Ali: One pro tip is to make sure you don’t check the eos when the patient is on systemic steroids because that will cause the eos to drop and can mask the true eosinophil levels.
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Shreya: Yes, that’s good, the blood test is scheduled. Now, how do I begin to think about healing? There are many different options for those who breathe
Ali: It’s so much easier when you know there are only three pills! There are beta-agonists, muscarinic inhibitors, corticosteroids, and that’s it! So when we talk about initial treatment with inhalers, you only need to mention these three classes of drugs – beta agonists, muscarinic antagonists and corticosteroids.
Shreya: I’m confused about who’s who, and I once saw that all the antimuscarinic blocker or LAMA inhalers end in -ium (that’s tiotropium, aclidinium, umeclidinium) and all steroid inhalations end in the same thing (that’s fluticasone, beclomethasone (BECK -lomethasone)), and the latter is a long-acting beta-agonist ending in -ol… so examples of LABAs are formoterol and salmeterol.
Ali: You need to reach the GOLD level for this. Briefly, patients are assigned a score determined by FEV1, which determines prognosis, and assigns a group that determines the first choice of inhaler.
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Shreya: Check out the gorgeous 2×2 GOLD table, which we’ll link to in our show notes, but this