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      COPD exacerbations .1: Epidemiology.

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      Adult, epidemiology, Wales, physiology, Vital Capacity, Seasons, Recurrence, physiopathology, mortality, etiology, Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive, Prevalence, Peak Expiratory Flow Rate, Middle Aged, Male, Humans, statistics & numerical data, Hospitalization, Forced Expiratory Volume, Female, Family Practice, England, Disease Progression, Aged, 80 and over, Aged

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          The epidemiology of exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is reviewed with particular reference to the definition, frequency, time course, natural history and seasonality, and their relationship with decline in lung function, disease severity and mortality. The importance of distinguishing between recurrent and relapsed exacerbations is discussed.

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          16443707
          10.1136/thx.2005.041806
          2104564

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