Enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (EPOC)

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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.

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  • Last Reviewed on 05/01/2011
  • 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., Inc.

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