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. 

COPD Associated with Increased Invasive Bacterial Infections
COPD Associated with Increased Invasive Bacterial Infections
Background: Innate defence mechanisms of the airways are impaired in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), predisposing patients to lower respiratory tract infections, but less is known about the association with other infections. In this population-based cohort study, we investigated ...

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