Study: Exacerbations of COPD cluster in time

02/27/2009 | Medscape (free registration)

A U.K. study found that exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease tend to cluster together in time, with more second exacerbations occurring sooner than later. The researchers said the data show a high-risk period for recurrent exacerbation in the eight weeks following an initial exacerbation, which they said suggests the need for targeted preventive interventions after an initial exacerbation.

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