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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

About COPD

09/15/2009

Question:

Does COPD affect your throat in any way?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness and for your question. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is obstruction to airflow in the the lungs of people who have had exposure to cigarette smoke or other lung irritants. The primary symptoms of COPD include a chronic cough, shortness of breath, and increased mucus production.

COPD is a lung disease and does not typically affect the throat, but people with COPD may describe frequent throat clearing. Since people who are at risk for COPD are also at risk for throat cancer because of smoking, it is important to have throat symptoms checked out by a doctor.

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Response by:

Michael E Ezzie, MD Michael E Ezzie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University