Symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


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General information about symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Furthermore, symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

List of symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease includes:

Symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Daily morning cough with clear sputum is the earliest symptom of COPD. During a cold or other acute respiratory tract infection, the coughing may be much more noticeable and the sputum often turns yellow or greenish. Periods of wheezing are likely to occur especially during or after colds or other respiratory tract infections. Shortness of breath on exertion develops later and progressively becomes more pronounced with severe episodes of breathlessness (dyspnea) occurring after even modest activity.

A typical course of COPD might proceed as follows. For a period of about 10 years after cigarette smoking begins, symptoms are usually not very noticeable. After this, the patient generally starts developing a chronic cough with the production of a small amount of sputum. It is unusual to develop shortness of breath during exertion below the age of 40, after which it becomes more common and may be well developed by the age of 50. However, although all COPD patients have these symptoms, not all cigarette smokers develop a notable cough and sputum production, or shortness of breath. 1

More symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, underlying causes of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, associated conditions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, risk factors for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Course of COPD: NHLBI

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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