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Brain Damage May Strike Patients With COPD

Key clinical point: Some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appear to suffer from brain damage.

Major finding: Compared with a control group, patients with moderate to severe COPD showed signs of impairments affecting grey matter density and white matter integrity.

Study details: Comparison analysis of 115 right-handed subjects (26 with severe COPD, 29 with moderate COPD, 29 with mild COPD, and 31 in a control group).

Disclosures: The study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The authors report no disclosures.


Yin M et al. BMC Pulm Med. 2019;19:203.