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COPD : Is Chemotaxis the Key?

Bruno Balbi
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Affiliations: Gussago, Italy
 ,  Dr. Balbi is Chief of the Division of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Scientific Institute of Gussago (Brescia).

Correspondence to: Bruno Balbi, MD, PhD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Via Pinidolo 23, Gussago, Italy 25064; e-mail: bbalbi@fsm.it



Chest. 2003;123(4):983-986. doi:10.1378/chest.123.4.983
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Over the last years, many studies were aimed at better redefining the airway inflammatory changes that are associated with COPD, the diagnostic umbrella comprising emphysema, small airways disease, and chronic bronchitis (CB). The reappraisal of inflammation of the airways as a fundamental part of the disease was possible by capitalizing, on one side, on the different tools that are available for evaluating airway inflammation from more to less invasive or noninvasive (eg, BAL or sputum) and, on the other side, on the recent progresses in immunology and leukocyte biology.

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