Unformatted text preview: chronic cough, productive mucopurulent sputum, and frequent exacerbations due to chest infec-tions. Patients usually present in the late 30s and 40s. Dyspnea is usually mild although patients note limitations to exercise. Patients may report weight gain which is due to edema. In emphysema predominant disease (“pink puffers”), patients present with often severe dyspnea as major complaint usually presenting after age 50. Patients report cough as rare, with scant clear, mucoid sputum. Patients may report recent weight loss....
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- Spring '09
- Nursing, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cough, shortness of breath