Q – Tips: COPD

Q – Tips: COPD

Patients with COPD can have an exacerbation of their breathing problem for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes it is due to infection, but not always.  The New England Journal of Medicine just published research that indicated a very simple test that can determine if the exacerbation is due to infection (and therefore should be treated with antibiotics) is to measure a C-reactive protein (CRP).  If it is elevated, it indicates infection.


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