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Posted May 22 2009 10:40pm
Possible association between GERD and COPD?

Thought I would share this article, my Dr. tells me my recent case with Pleuritic Pneumonia had something to do with the acid coming up into my throat and overspilling into my lungs ! Not that I am saying this could happen to everyone, I am sharing my thoughts and experiences with all of you. It would be best to speak to your physician, remember we are all individuals and situations are all different. As far as the infection on my tongue it is still there and will be there for quite some time, so it's soups, pasta and mashed taters for me for a while.

Tuesday October 10, 2006
A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida, Jacksonville, purports that there is an association between acid reflux and a worsening of COPD. The study was small, involving 86 patients. The researchers reported that the 37 percent of patients reporting GERD symptoms were twice as likely to experience COPDexacerbation's, compared with those without GERD symptoms. This study appears in the October issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Other sources, including the National Center for Biotechnology Information ( NCBI ) state while the association between GERD and respiratory symptoms is well recognized in the setting of asthma, the association of GERD and COPD is even less clear. A review of the limited data on GERD and swallowing abnormalities in patients with COPD indicate that prevalence of GERD and esophageal disorders in patients with COPD is higher than in the normal population. However, its contribution to respiratory symptoms, bronchodilator use and pulmonary function in patients with COPD remains unknown.
A possible link between GERD and COPD may be proved or disproved through further study. If you suffer from GERD and COPD, and you have any concerns, you should contact your physician for more information.
Related Resource:
GERD and Asthma
Additional information from other About Health Guides:
COPD - From About's Guide to Lung Diseases
Asthma - From About's Guide to Asthma

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