What is the BODE index to assess the need for lung transplantation in patients with COPD?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019
  • Author: Bryan A Whitson, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the most common indication for which lung transplantation is performed. The BODE index can be used to assess the need for transplantation in patients with COPD. It consists of the following [17] :

  • B - Body mass index

  • O - Degree of airflow obstruction

  • D - Degree of dyspnea, as measured by the modified Medical Research Council dyspnea scale

  • E - Exercise capacity (E), which is measured with a 6-minute walk test

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