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Saqib Jamal and Wei Guan


Objectives: Reviewed the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, mechanisms, and treatment of tuberculosis associated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Data source: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, and the CINAHL. We used the following search terms: Tuberculosis, COPD, and Tuberculosis associated COPD, and so forth. All types of study were chosen. Result and Conclusion: Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and tuberculosis (TB) are serious public health issues and are the major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide significantly in developing countries. Even though, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and tuberculosis (TB) both have common risk factors such as smoking, low socioeconomic status and dysregulation of host defense functions. Previous history of pulmonary TB as a risk factor of chronic airway tract obstruction has been described in numerous studies, which may progress throughout the development of tuberculosis or after completion of TB treatment and management. To reduce the future burden of chronic airflow obstruction early diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis should be emphasized. Keywords: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, smoking, TOPD, tuberculosis

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