Journal of Regional Section of Serbian Medical Association in Zajecar

Year 2012     Vol 37     No 1
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      UDK 616.24-036.1

ISSN 0350-2899, 37(2012) br.1 p.42-45

Literature review

Association of COPD with other diseases - Review of literature
(Udruženost HOBP-a sa drugim oboljenjima - pregled literature)

Biljana Lazović
Kliničko-bolnički centar Zemun, Klinika za internu medicinu, Odeljenje pulmologije


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammation of the airways and lung parenchyma, which leads to narrowing of the airways. Bronchial constriction is usually progressive and not fully reversible on treatment. COPD can no longer be considered a disease only of the lungs but also of other organ systems. Diagnosis and severity of COPD is often masked by the simultaneous presence of other diseases. Since smoking remains the major risk factor for the development of COPD, the study of the effects of smoking represents the best model for unravelling the underlying mechanisms of COPD. This paper presents the basic pathophysiological mechanisms of the consequences of systemic inflammation in COPD. Understanding the mechanism of inflammation opens the possibility for greater therapeutic potential that should lead to more effective treatment of patients with COPD
Key words: COPD, comorbidity, inflammation

Napomena: kompletan tekst rada na srpskom jeziku
Note: full text in Serbian

      Corresponding Address:
Biljana Lazović
Milutina Milankovića 122
11070 Beograd
tel:062 212 040
Paper received: 23. 08. 2011
Paper accepted: 02. 04. 2012
Paper Internet issues: 10. 06. 2012
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