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Is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) an autoimmune condition?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Research published online in the "American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine" suggests that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be an autoimmune condition. Of 328 study participants and 67 controls, 34% of COPD patients had abnormally high levels of auto-antibodies -- immune proteins that mistakenly target and damage specific tissues or organs in their blood. It may be that circulating antibodies attack the lungs in patients with COPD.

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