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Eosinophilic COPD ― a distinct phenotype of the disease

Damian Tworek, Adam Antczak
DOI: 10.5603/ARM.a2017.0045
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Adv Respir Med 2017;85(5):271-276.

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Vol 85, No 5 (2017)
REVIEWS
Published online: 2017-10-30
Submitted: 2017-07-11
Accepted: 2017-08-01

Abstract

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has been traditionally associated with neutrophilic inflammation of the bronchi. Studies from the early 1990s demonstrated that eosinophils may also get into the lower airways of patients with COPD and their increased numbers can be noticed during exacerbations as well as stable disease. Eosinophilic phenotype of COPD is characterized by several unique features, i.e. a specific pattern of airway inflammation and distinct clinical course or susceptibility to corticosteroid treatment. In this paper, we present an up-to-date review of the literature on clinical characteristics of eosinophilic COPD, as well as the role of eosinophils as a biomarker-guided therapy in COPD.

Abstract

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has been traditionally associated with neutrophilic inflammation of the bronchi. Studies from the early 1990s demonstrated that eosinophils may also get into the lower airways of patients with COPD and their increased numbers can be noticed during exacerbations as well as stable disease. Eosinophilic phenotype of COPD is characterized by several unique features, i.e. a specific pattern of airway inflammation and distinct clinical course or susceptibility to corticosteroid treatment. In this paper, we present an up-to-date review of the literature on clinical characteristics of eosinophilic COPD, as well as the role of eosinophils as a biomarker-guided therapy in COPD.

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Keywords

COPD, eosinophils, biomarkers

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Title

Eosinophilic COPD ― a distinct phenotype of the disease

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 85, No 5 (2017)

Pages

271-276

Published online

2017-10-30

DOI

10.5603/ARM.a2017.0045

Bibliographic record

Adv Respir Med 2017;85(5):271-276.

Keywords

COPD
eosinophils
biomarkers

Authors

Damian Tworek
Adam Antczak

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