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The Strange Case of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in COPD

Antoni Torres, MD, FCCP; Santiago Ewig, MD
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From the Pneumology Department (Dr Torres), Clinic Institute of Thorax, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona-Insitut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi Sunyer, University of Barcelona; and Thoraxzentrum Ruhrgebiet (Dr Ewig), Kliniken für Pneumologie und Infektiologie, Herne und Augusta-Kranken-Anstalt Bochum.

Correspondence to: Antoni Torres, MD, FCCP, Department of Pneu­mology, Hospital Clinic, Villarroel 170, 08036 Barcelona, Spain; e-mail: atorres@ub.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST the following conflicts of interest: Dr Torres has received grant monies from Pfizer and for other activities related to Astellas, Bayer, and Covidien. Dr Ewig has reported that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any company/organization whose products or service may be discussed in this article.

Funding/Support: This work was supported by the 2009 Support Research Group of the Generalitat de Catalunya 911, Ciber de Enfermedades Respiratorias [Ciberes CB06/06/0028]. The Ciberes is an initiative of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;139(3):483-485. doi:10.1378/chest.10-2227
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Acute exacerbation of COPD is an illness that is frequently caused by bacterial microorganisms. In addition, pneumonia may cause the exacerbation in an unknown percentage of cases. There is no doubt that COPD is a risk factor for the acquisition of pneumonia, as shown by the increased risk (relative risk, 16) reported by Soriano et al1 some years ago when comparing patients with and without COPD. In fact, in many studies of community-acquired pneumo­nia (CAP), COPD is the first or second comorbidity found.

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