COPD Associated with Increased Invasive Bacterial Infections
the MPR take:
Research has found that individuals with COPD have a greater risk of invasive bacterial infection vs. the general population. A study in BMC Infectious Diseases looked at patients with COPD that were ≥40 years of age and discharged from hospitals in southern Sweden from 1990–2003. Compared to age and gender matched controls, patients with COPD had a 2.5-fold increased incidence of the invasive bacterial disease bacteremia as well as increased hospitalizations for non-respiratory infections (skin infections, pyelonephritis, or septic arthritis). Underlying contributing factors need to be analyzed in future work, the authors state.
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