COPD is a common condition and when an individual presents with with symptoms it is easy to jump to a diagnostic conclusion. There are many people with misdiagnosis of COPD, who may be breathless for other reasons.
Consider a differential diagnosis of Asthma in patients:
Consider a differential diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure in patients:
Consider a differential diagnosis of Bronchiectasis in patients:
Consider a differential diagnosis of Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency in patients:
Consider a differential diagnosis of Lung Cancer in patients:
Among patients who present in mid or later life with breathlessness, cough, and sputum production, the differential diagnosis is broad (eg, heart failure, COPD, interstitial lung disease, thromboembolic disease). Typically, the finding of persistent airflow limitation on spirometry, and the absence of radiographic features of heart failure or interstitial lung disease, direct the clinician to a narrower diagnosis. Importantly, these conditions can commonly occur together, for example, patients with asthma may develop COPD and patients with COPD may have concurrent bronchiectasis.