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The alcoholic lung disease: Historical background and clinical features

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pneumology, University Hospital of Patras, Greece
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Medicina 2008, 44(9), 651;
Received: 16 November 2006 / Accepted: 17 October 2007 / Published: 22 October 2007
The purpose of this review article is to prove the damage that alcohol causes to the respiratory system. We will make a brief review of alcohols history in the course of the centuries till nowadays. The problem of addiction to alcohol (alcoholism) will be examined for several countries. Alcohol’s metabolism is another topic to be discussed parallel to its pharmacological action. In addition, alcohol’s impact on the respiratory system varies from damaging the mucociliary system to the regulation of breathing and from the sleep apnea syndrome to diffusion disorders. “Alcoholic lung disease” constitutes a syndrome despite the fact that the damage of the lung due to concurrent smoking and drug use is often indistinguishable.
Keywords: alcohol; lung; history; physiology alcohol; lung; history; physiology
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Karkoulias, K.; Tsitsaras, H.; Patouchas, D.; Sampsonas, F.; Likouras, D.; Kaparianos, A.; Spiropoulos, K. The alcoholic lung disease: Historical background and clinical features. Medicina 2008, 44, 651.

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