Inflammation and repair processes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Stephen Israel Rennard

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Abstract

COPD is characterized by chronic inflammation and injury of both the airways and the parenchymal structures of the lung. These processes are associated with ongoing repair. Whether repair leads to restoration of normal tissue architecture or to altered tissue structure with loss of function depends on complex interrelationships of a variety of interacting mediators. The possibility that repair processes can be modulated by exogenous agents raises the possibility that therapeutic strategies aimed at repair can be effective. Such strategies offer tremendous promise both for slowing the relentlessly progressive natural history which most often characterizes COPD and, possibly, for restoring lung function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Volume160
Issue number5 II
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Inflammation
Lung
Natural History
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Inflammation and repair processes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. / Rennard, Stephen Israel.

In: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 160, No. 5 II, 01.12.1999.

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