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Predictors of van der Valk et al for Distinguishing a Patient with Bacterial from Nonbacterial Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Purpose:

To distinguish bacterial from nonbacterial exacerbation in a patient with COPD using the predictors of van der Valk et al.

Specialty:

Pediatric Pulmonology

Objective:

other testing, differential diagnosis and mimics, red flags

ICD-10:

J40, J41, J42, J43, J44

Description:

van der Valk et al identified clinical predictors for distinguishing bacterial from nonbacterial exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This can help decide if antibiotics should be used or withheld in initial management of the patient pending further studies. The authors are from Medisch Spectrum Twente, Regional Laboratory of Public Health, and University Medical Centre Nijmegen in The Netherlands.

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