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According to the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) many adult patients over age 40 years who manifest symptoms of chronic airway disease have features of both asthma and COPD. This overlapping of heterogeneous conditions, once referred to as “asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS)” is now designated simply as “asthma-COPD overlap (ACO)” in recognition that the intersection of the 2 conditions is not, in fact, a single disease.
The GOLD and Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) are now collaborating to provide practical advice to clinicians, particularly those in primary care, for differentiating the individual diseases from each other and from ACO and for identifying and treating patients who have ACO.
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