Enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (EPOC)

La enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (EPOC) se refiere a un trastorno pulmonar crónico que da como resultado un bloqueo en el flujo de aire en los pulmones. Los dos principales trastornos EPOC son el enfisema y la bronquitis crónica, las causas más comunes de insuficiencia respiratoria. El enfisema se presenta cuando las paredes entre los sacos de aire del pulmón se debilitan y colapsan. Por lo general, la lesión que causa la EPOC es permanente e irreversible.Enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (EPOC)

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Last reviewed 7/15/2012 by Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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