Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2013; 15(3):184-191
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic illness that is characterized by recurring exacerbations. Exacerbations lead to the progression of the disease with development of respiratory failure, decreasing of the quality of life of the patient and, in severe cases, causing patient’s death. In the article we review the diagnostics of COPD and evidence base data on the treatment of exacerbations of COPD.