Pathogenesis and Outcomes of Sleep Disordered Breathing in COPD

COPD or Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung infection charcterized by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. COPD worsens everytime which includes making daily activities more difficult. Treatments include respitory rehabiltation, which are often inhaled in bronchodilators.

Dr. Hartmut Schneider advanced a hypothesis in which patients with COPD needed mechanisms to defend expiratory airflow limitation leading to periods of dynamic hyperinflation, hypoventilation and sleep disturbances. This is due to ventilatory decompensation detected during during their sleep.

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