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A study of polycythaemia and associated factors in COPD patients attending a tertiary care hospital

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Author Details : Veerabhadrappa K. Kuppast, H B Chandrashekar, Umesh Y Ramadurg*

Volume : 5, Issue : 2, Year : 2020

Article Page : 101-104

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Background: Prevalence of polycythaemia amongst patients with COPD and its long term effects are
unknown. There is limited information in the current literature describing the distribution of haemoglobin
(Hb) and its impact on outcomes in the COPD population. The purpose of the present study was to
determine the prevalence of polycythaemia in patients with COPD attending a pulmonary clinic, as well as
to explore the associations between Hb levels and clinical outcomes.
Materials and Methods: A case series descriptive study was conducted on 50 patients of COPD attending
pulmonary OPD of a tertiary care hospital.
Results: All subjects were male and were aged between 40-85 years. Mean age among of COPD patients
with anaemia was 62.00 10.37yrs and with polycythaemia was 62.86 9.03yrs. Amongst COPD patients
with polycythaemia mean BMI was 18.49 3.78. Severity of smoking pack years among the patient group
was maximum of 60 pack years and minimum of 20 pack years. Mean value of PCV among patients with
polycythaemia and without polycythaemia were 56.292.87 and 41.09 4.18 respectively.
Conclusions: Polycythaemia did not seem to be related with either increased COPD severity or with altered

Keywords: Polycythaemia, Anaemia, COPD tertiary care hospital

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijirm.2020.038

How to cite : Kuppast V K, Chandrashekar H B, Ramadurg U Y, A study of polycythaemia and associated factors in COPD patients attending a tertiary care hospital. IP Indian J Immunol Respir Med 2020;5(2):101-104

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