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  1. Virani, Ahmed MD
  2. Baltaji, Stephanie MD
  3. Young, Meilin MD
  4. Dumont, Tiffany DO
  5. Cheema, Tariq MD, FCCP, MMM


This article describes the various steps required to confirm the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The GOLD Criteria developed by the Global Initiative for COPD will be outlined as they relate to the diagnosis and management of COPD. Pulmonary function testing, imaging, and symptom assessment will be explored.