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Interstitial lung abnormalities linked to COPD exacerbations

Key clinical point: Interstitial lung abnormalities were significantly associated with moderate to severe acute exacerbation in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

Major finding: Over a 5-year follow-up period, patients with interstitial lung abnormalities had twice the risk of frequent exacerbation, compared with those without ILA (adjusted odds ratio, 2.03).

Study details: The data come from a retrospective study of 363 adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who received chest CT and longitudinal pulmonary function tests between January 2013 and December 2018.

Disclosures: The study received no outside funding. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Lee TS et al. Chest. 2020 Aug 13. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.08.017.