Asthma and COPD: Similarities and Differences in the Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Therapy|
Asthma often begins in childhood or adolescence, whereas chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) occurs mainly in smokers in later life. It is possible to live with asthma into old age, whereas the life expectancy of patients with COPD is significantly limited. Currently, there is no general curative treatment for either disorder. [Adv Exp Med Biol] Abstract
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