Study: COPD patients have a higher risk of shingles

02/22/2011 | HealthDay News

The incidence of shingles among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was 16.4 cases per 1,000 person-years, compared with 8.8 cases per 1,000 person-years for the general population, according to a Taiwanese study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. COPD patients taking an oral or inhaled corticosteroid had the greatest risk for shingles, researchers noted.

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