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Thorax 58:537-542 doi:10.1136/thorax.58.6.537
  • Review series

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease • 9: Management of ventilatory failure in COPD

  1. P K Plant,
  2. M W Elliott
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr P K Plant, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Level 7, Gledhow Wing, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK;
    paul.plant{at}leedsth.nhs.uk

    Abstract

    The management of respiratory failure during acute exacerbations of COPD and during chronic stable COPD is reviewed and the role of non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation is discussed.