3 markers can signal exacerbation of COPD

06/12/2013 | HealthDay News

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with high levels of C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and leukocytes in their blood were more likely to experience frequent flare-ups than those with normal levels. The risk was particularly high among patients with severe COPD symptoms. The use of a blood test for the markers was assessed in a study of 61,000 people in Denmark, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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