Clinical Advances in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Its Complications: Part II

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Pulmonology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 154

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1. Department of Respiratory Diseases, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2. Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Lung Health, Vienna, Austria
Interests: COPD; asthma; lung physiology; pulmonary rehabilitation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue entitled “Clinical Advances in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Its Complications: Part II”, the first volume of which included five papers and can be found here:

In recent decades, COPD has evolved from a disease characterized by persistent airflow limitation to a clinical syndrome involving diverse pathologies beyond those of the lungs. Our current understanding of COPD is hampered by several factors, including the definition of COPD being based on the FEV1/VC ratio, the cross-sectional design of many studies, and the invalid diagnosis of underlying pathologies. Furthermore, current insights underscore the importance of individual lung trajectories in the development of psionically defined flow limitation but have explored neither the impact of these trajectories on multimorbidity profiles nor the role of lung size itself as a marker of organ health in individuals. According to ongoing research, in addition to lung trajectories, factors such as compositional changes of the body need to be considered, including the interplay between different body compartments, such as fat tissue and the gut microbiome. This issue of JCM aims to offer new perspectives to better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of COPD syndrome.

Prof. Dr. Emiel F.M. Wouters
Guest Editor

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  • COPD
  • multimorbidity
  • lung trajectories
  • body composition
  • gut
  • adipose metabolism

Published Papers

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