Journal article

Oxygen therapy in COPD and interstitial lung disease: navigating the knowns and unknowns

Yet H Khor, Elisabetta A Renzoni, Dina Visca, Christine F McDonald, Nicole SL Goh

ERJ Open Research | EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOC JOURNALS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Domiciliary oxygen therapy is often prescribed for patients with hypoxaemia due to advanced lung disease, most commonly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and interstitial lung disease (ILD). Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) trials conducted in patients with COPD in the 1980s remain the basis for clinical decisions and guideline recommendations regarding LTOT for patients with non-COPD conditions as there is a lack of high-quality evidence concerning its use in the non-COPD population. There is also a lack of evidence for the use of ambulatory and nocturnal oxygen therapy in patients with isolated exertional and nocturnal hypoxaemia. These deficiencies pose significant challenges in..

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