Reversibility of chronic airflow obstruction

Dirkje Sjoukje Postma

Research output: ThesisThesis fully internal (DIV)


This thesis deals with variations in airway diameter in patients with chronic, partly reversible airflow obstruction. The patients studied in this thesis have been addressed in the literature with terms as CAO, COPD, CNSLD. The confusion caused by combining patients in one descriptive term, e.g. Chronic Airflow Obstruction (CAO) has been discussed in the introduction. In the Netherlands the term Chronic A Specific Respiratory Disease (CARA) is used (1), which includes patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphyse¬ma. These three entities may be mixed in an individual patient. When used in the literature, the term CAO or CARA is, however, insufficient to describe the type of patients one is studying. It is therefore recommended to extend the term CARA or CAO with indicators of the factors which contribute to the dis¬ease: complaints, degree of reversibility of airflow obstruction, degree of a specific hyperreactivity, presence of allergy, and complicating diseases.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
  • Peset Reig, Rafael, Supervisor
  • Sluiter, H, Supervisor
  • de Vries, Klaas, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 1984


  • CARA, Bronchi, Luchtwegobstructie, Farmacotherapie
  • Proefschriften (vorm)

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