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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by poorly reversible airway obstruction and is strongly related to smoking. This PrimeView summarizes the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of COPD, and highlights the mechanisms operating in the airways that cause this disease.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nat Rev Dis Primers 1, 15079 (2015).

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