chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Related to Blue bloater: chronic bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, pneumothorax
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a nonreversible lung disease that is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis

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Yet, gas trapping in dependent zones has been shown to occur in COPD, and proning might improve the lot of the ventilated "blue bloater" subtype of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as these patients frequently have enlarged hearts from cor pulmonale and copious secretions.
CHRONIC BRONCHITIS EMPHYSEMA no (Blue bloaters) (pink puffers) 1 Mild Breathlessness Breathlessness with Pursed Lip Breathing 2 Productive Cough Underweight cachexia and muscle wasting 3 Central Cyanosis Use of accessory muscles of Respiration 4 Frequent infective Hyper-inflation with exacerbations increased total lung capacity 5 Often Overweight Well perfused with fairly normal blood gases 6 Cor pulmonale with right heart Late on set of respiratory Failure (Ankle edema, and heart failure Raised JVP) 7 Respiratory Failure Early Decrease in DLCO values 8 Nocturnal Hypoxia during sleep 9 Polycythemia 10 Normal or Increased DLCO values Fig.
As the disease progresses and less oxygen gets around the body, they become "blue bloaters" and fingers, lips and other extremities turn bluish.
You may not want to know about 'blue bloaters' and hear elderly patients callously dismissed as 'off legs.' Or that AOA stands for adult onset anencephaly (born without a brain) and is written on patient's notes as an insult.