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COPD vs. Asthma: Key Inflammatory Differences Include Steroid Response


While often confused in practice, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders and asthma are the result of markedly different pathophysiologic processes. This leads to major differences in cellular effects and proper treatments. In particular, long-term corticosteroids have no appreciable effect on the progression of COPD. They do, however, seem to produce short-term benefits and improve the quality of patients’ lives.


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