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Longitudinal changes in airway hyperresponsiveness and COPD mortality
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Andreas A. Teferra, Judith M. Vonk, H. Marike Boezen

European Respiratory Journal 2019; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01378-2019


Airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) is associated with an increased mortality risk among men [1] and COPD patients [2]. However, this association is largely based on cross-sectional studies using a single measurement of AHR to predict mortality; inherently ignoring the longitudinal variability of AHR. AHR is variable regardless of disease or medication status, and is linked with changes in smoking habits, seasonal variations and exposure to pollutants [3–5]. Considering this, it remains unclear how changes in AHR affect mortality, specifically from causes such as COPD, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer.


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Conflict of interest: Mr. Teferra has nothing to disclose.

Conflict of interest: Dr. Vonk has nothing to disclose.

Conflict of interest: Dr. Boezen has nothing to disclose.

  • Received July 11, 2019.
  • Accepted October 15, 2019.
  • Copyright ©ERS 2019