Case Study on Copd

4135 Words Sep 7th, 2011 17 Pages
This is a case study on a 76 year old man.Mr Alan Chari(pseudonym used to protect the identity of a patient),was admitted over night in my department.He is a divorcee who stays with son.He is a retired teacher and his son is permanently employed by a local company as an electrician.He is independent with activities of daily livings but is occasionally limited by his ill health.He used to be a heavy smoker .After realising the burden COPD has on general New Zealand population ,affecting about15% of the adult population over the age of 45 years according to asthmanz( 2010) ,l took this case study to gain in-depth understanding.
Presenting hx
Chari is a known patient with Chronic obstructive airway disease(COPD).He presented with
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Symptoms develop as a direct result of disease processes. Signs of COPD are consequences of the anatomical changes caused by the disease:,The signs and symptoms of COPD include:
An ongoing cough or a cough that produces large amounts of mucus (often called "smoker's cough")
Dyspnea, the most common symptom of COPD, comes on gradually and is first noticed during physical exertion or during acute exacerbations
Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe)
Chest tightness barrel chest, pursed-lip breathing
These symptoms often occur years before the flow of air into and out of the lungs declines. However, not everyone who has these symptoms has COPD. Likewise, not everyone who has COPD has these symptoms.
Some of the symptoms of COPD are similar to the symptoms of other diseases and conditions.
It was concluded that mr chari had Exacerbations of COPD which is defined as a sustained worsening of the above copd symptoms from the usual stable state that is beyond normal day-to-day variations, and is acute in onset. Commonly reported symptoms are worsening breathlessness, cough, increased sputum production and change in sputum colour.

Diagnostic tests include:http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/c/copd/tests.htm?ktrack=kcplink#testsA diagnosis of COPD is made only after a complete

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