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Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-398X
ISSN (Online): 1875-6387

Inhaled Corticosteroids and Pneumonia in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Author(s): Rosa Malo de Molina, Marcos I. Restrepo, Eric M. Mortensen, Jose L. Izquierdo and Antonio Anzueto

Volume 6, Issue 3, 2010

Page: [162 - 166] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/157339810791526229

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Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) have been recommended for use in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in order to decrease exacerbation rates and improve health related quality of life parameters. Nevertheless, recent studies have reported an increased risk of pneumonia associated with this treatment. However, most studies were not specifically designed to detect pneumonia as a possible secondary effect and for this reason it is difficult to determine whether this risk exists and assess its magnitude. This paper reviews the published studies reporting pneumonia events in COPD patients treated with ICS.

Keywords: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, inhaled corticosteroids

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