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Steroids slow progression of chronic lung disease

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7424.1128-h (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1128
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Richmond, Virginia

    Inhaled corticosteroids slow progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by up to 30%, a new study has shown.

    Emphysema, bronchitis, and bronchiectasis are the most common types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Over time, patients develop dyspnoea and increased susceptibility to lung infections and may become dependent on supplemental oxygen.

    Although doctors commonly treat exacerbations of the disease with steroids, it has been unclear whether …

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