How prevalent is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the US?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020
  • Author: Paul Kleinschmidt, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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In smokers, two thirds of men and one fourth of women have emphysema at death. Overall, 6.3% of the US adult population have been told by a healthcare worker that they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or about 15 million individuals. It is notable that many more have never been formally diagnosed.

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