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PG15 Muscle weakness and wasting in chronic obstructive pulmonary diseasePostgraduate CourseChairs:
Pierantonio Laveneziana (Paris, France), François Maltais (Quebec, Canada)Aims:
To describe the clinical importance of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) muscle dysfunction, the risk factors, and the underlying mechanisms; to discuss the potential relationships and differences between exercise capacity and physical activity in COPD patients; to describe to what extent pulmonary rehabilitation and nutritional support may benefit patients with advanced COPD and severe comorbidities such as poor muscle function and muscle loss; to explore the mechanisms that underlie the impairment of skeletal muscle function and mass loss during acute exacerbations in COPD patients; and to describe the available strategies for treating acute exacerbation-induced muscle dysfunction and loss.
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