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Present and future utility of CT phenotypes in the assessment and management of COPD

S Mothilal


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is currently defined on the basis of spirometric evidence of airway obstruction in the setting of well-recognised risk factors. The Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) system has been widely used to identify and classify the severity and risk predisposition of individual patients with COPD. However, individuals with identical GOLD stages have different morphologic appearances at computed tomography (CT) which may reflect important differences in the underlying pathophysiology and genomic profile of COPD.

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S Mothilal, Fellow in Pulmonology, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, South Africa

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African Journal of Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine 2016;22(4):107. DOI:10.7196/SARJ.2016.v22i4.103

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Date submitted: 2016-10-19
Date published: 2016-12-19

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