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a) Briefly describe the pathophysiology of Chronic Obstructive

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a) Briefly describe the pathophysiology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder.

b) Effective administration of a MDI is enhanced by the use of what?

c) What care should a patient take after inhalation of a steroid inhaler?

d) If a systemic steroid is to be discontinued, how should this occur?

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Submitted: 4 years ago.
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Expert:  DrKnowsBest replied 4 years ago.

DrKnowsBest :

to get the exact pathophys i would just copy and paste from any reputable site (webmd) etc

DrKnowsBest :

when it comes to the medical parts...effective admin of an inhalant can be enhanced most with a nebulizer machine and next by attaching a spacer to the end of the mdi this is a chamber that attached to the mdi and allows more particals to be absorbed (used most in peds)

DrKnowsBest :

after a steroid inhaler always rinse mouth with water or brush teeth and tongue if possible as this reduces risk of thrush with steroid in mouth

DrKnowsBest :

a systemic steroid is tapered to discontinue so as not to cause steroid shock/adrenal shock, this is done over 5 days in short tapers but slowly if the patient has been on long term and monitored the dose drop with symptoms

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The pathophysiology of COPD (copied and pasted) thus includes the narrowing of the airways, damage to the lungs and other supportive tissues, hyperactivity of the lungs, dysfunction of the cilia in the airways and constant damage of the alveolar walls. As the COPD condition progresses, patients of COPD manifest wheezing, productive cough, difficulty in clearing alveoli and shortness of breath (dyspnea). As the pressure in the chest increases, the patient faces more difficulty during exhaling air, rather than inhalation.

Expert:  DrKnowsBest replied 4 years ago.

i see you are offline but this should do it

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