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Abstract
In the treatment of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), international guidelines have updated the recommendations for inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) based on the accumulated clinical evidences, and the understanding has gone further from “controversy” to “affirmation” until the presence of the lastest guideline that indicates patients are divided into two phenotypes according to the clinical characteristics of dyspnea and acute exacerbation for adjustments in treatment strategy, and for patients with frequent acute exacerbations during the last one year, combined with their blood eosinophil counts, the individualized treatments including ICS are recommended.
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