Home > Pulmonology > ERS 2020 > COPD – The Beat Goes On > Urgent call for studies in COPD patients aged 40-60 years

Urgent call for studies in COPD patients aged 40-60 years

Presented By
Prof. Wisia Wedzicha , Imperial College London, UK
Conference
ERS 2020
The majority of COPD studies assess older patients. To stop lung function decline early, studies including the age group of 40 to 60 years are urgently needed, advocated Prof. Wisia Wedzicha (Imperial College London, UK) in her lecture on therapeutic trials in early COPD [1]. A study assessing the lung-function trajectories leading to COPD found that a low FEV1 in early adulthood was associated with a high COPD incidence [2]. Among the 657 participants with an FEV1 of less than 80% of the predicted value before 40 years of age, 174 (26%) had COPD after 22 years of observation [2]. On the other hand, half of the patients that had COPD after 22 years of observation had a normal FEV1 before 40 years of age, and then experienced a rapid decline in FEV1 thereafter [2]. “I think this is the most important patient group, were we have to intervene early,” argued Prof. Wedzicha. “The better the lung function, the greater ...


Please login to read the full text of the article.


If you have no account yet, please register now.





Posted on