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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD and Mucus

04/20/2011

Question:

WOuld COPD cause increase of saliva and mucus in the mouth necessitating frequent spitting and swallowing? There is no cough with mucus. Thanks

Answer:

COPD does not typically cause increased saliva, but one could have increased mucus and phlegm with COPD, in particular chronic bronchitis.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University