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Abstract: The term asthma–COPD overlap syndrome is one of many phrases used to identify patients with the symptoms of both COPD and asthma, according to 20% of patients with obstructive airway diseases. Despite the false belief that the “reversible” or “treatable” component of asthma can aid in more efficient management and improved outcomes, it has been widely accepted that patients with COPD and coexisting asthma have a higher disease burden. In addition, we discuss some of the evidence that should be considered when making practical decisions on the treatment of patients with overlapping characteristics of COPD and asthma, as well as the potential options for phenotype and biomarker-driven airway disease management with the intention of providing patients with more tailored care.
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