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Functional consequences of COPD exacerbation: suggestions for the clinicians to get a tailored personalized approach to prevent them

Mini-Review, 56 - 60
doi: 10.11138/sob/2016.5.2.056
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Exacerbations of COPD (E-COPD) lead to an accelerated lung functional decline and contribute to increase morbidity and mortality connected to the disease.
The prevention of exacerbations is a key point in the COPD management that needs to be based not just on the number but even on the most frequent cause of exacerbations. Each prevalent type
of E-COPD, in a given patient, should be appropriately prevented by specific treatments that cannot invariably be the use of high dose ICS, as presently recommended by many guidelines.