Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of irreversible, progressive, and debilitating respiratory conditions of chronic airflow limitation, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The condition develops secondary to an abnormal inflammat01y response of the lungs to noxious environment particles or gases, such as tobacco smoke or outdoor, occupational, and indoor air pollution. A diagnosis of COPD should be considered in all patients with symptoms of progressive dyspnea, chronic cough, sputum production, and a history of exposure to risk factors. This paper discusses the case of a 60-year-old male patient with COPD. It discusses the diagnosis and management of stable COPD according to current Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines. It describes the use of spirometry in diagnosis, disease severity classification, non-pharmacological, and pharmacological management in COPD. This paper also discusses the possible favorable role that statins may play in the pharmacological treatment of COPD.