Diagnosing COPD

This section describes recommended methods of diagnosing COPD, and tests to differentiate COPD from asthma.

A diagnosis of COPD should be considered in any patient presenting with dyspnoea, chronic cough or sputum production with a history of exposure to risk factors such as smoking (Table 1).1

COPD indicators

Table 1: Factors suggesting presence of COPD, indicating a need to perform spirometry. 

Adapted from GOLD Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD 2011.1



Reference

  1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD. 2013. www.goldcopd.org

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