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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1571-1574

Variation in body mass index in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

1 Department of Medicine, Lumbini Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Palpa, Nepal
2 Department of Medicine and Gastroenterology, Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Dr. Amrendra Mandal
Department of Medicine, Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_158_19

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Introduction: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with systemic inflammation. Weight loss seen in patients with COPD is a consequence of this inflammation. We hypothesized that higher grades of COPD are associated with greater degree of weight loss. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we assessed the body mass index (BMI) of 34 patients with COPD proven by handheld spirometer. The difference in BMI among various grades of COPD was compared. Results: BMI was found to be inversely related to the grades of COPD in our study (P = 0.001). No significant difference was seen among the patients with regards to age and duration of symptoms before presentation. Conclusion: Advanced COPD is associated with greater degree of weight loss.

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