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A 69-year-old male non-smoker with a history of atopic asthma of >30 years had recently been diagnosed with pulmonary emphysema (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD) because of exertional dyspnoea and chronic airflow limitation without bronchodilator responsiveness. A laboratory examination revealed a high serum IgE level (1219 U/ml) and a normal α1-antitrypsin level (142 mg/dl), and the flow-volume curve showed severe chronic airflow obstruction (vital capacity (VC) 2.47 litres (72.3% predicted), forced expiratory volume …
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