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COPD: practical aspects of case finding.

COPD is often misdiagnosed in primary treatment, due to not really using spirometry for diagnosis probably. Screening systematically or opportunistically with questionnaires may be used to case-find in general practice. Expiratory flow gadgets are used to determine the need for diagnostic testing. Spirometry is essential to diagnose COPD. COPD is present if the post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC ratio is certainly below 0.7 and FEV1 is significantly less than 80 percent predicted. Continue reading