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COPD Exacerbations : To X-ray or Not To X-ray

Naresh A. Dewan, MBBS, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Omaha, NE
 ,  Dr. Dewan is Chief, Pulmonary Section, Omaha VA Medical Center, and Professor, Department of Medicine, Creighton University.

Correspondence to: Naresh A. Dewan, MBBS, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Suite 3820, St. Joseph Hospital, 601 N 30th St, Omaha, NE 68131; e-mail: ndewan@creighton.edu



Chest. 2002;122(4):1118-1121. doi:10.1378/chest.122.4.1118
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Exacerbations of COPD are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with COPD. It is estimated that there are 16 million office visits, 500,000 hospitalizations, and 110,000 deaths attributed to COPD in the United States each year.12 A great majority of the office visits are due to COPD exacerbations that are treated in the outpatient setting. Patients who are admitted to the ICU for COPD exacerbations have an in-hospital mortality of 24%.3

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