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Oxygen supplementation before or after submaximal exercise in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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    Dear Editor

    We thank Dodd et al. for their letter that reflects the concerns of many clinicians that short burst oxygen must be beneficial to patients if only we could prove it. Unfortunately the evidence collected to date for short bust therapy does not support this hope and since our own publication [1] a further very similar study has reached the same conclusion.[2]

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    Oxygen supplementation before or after submaximal exercise in patients with COPD
    • Mary E Dodd, Consultant Physiotherapist
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      • A Kevin Webb and Andrew M Jones

    Dear Editor

    This study describes the use of oxygen supplementation before exercise and during the recovery period in patients with severe COPD, who were hypoxic at rest and showed exertional desaturation. The conclusion of this study does not accurately reflect the findings in relation to the use of oxygen in the recovery period and we would be concerned that patients with such severe disease and exercise limitatio...

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