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blue bloaterA popular term for the appearance of a Pt with COPD with Sx of chronic bronchitis, normal to ↓ lung capacity, ↑ residual volume with air-trapping, ↓ expiratory flow, and characteristic arterial blood gas parameters–↓ PO2, ↑ PCO2, despite normal diffusing capacity, cyanosis and right heart failure, due to sleep apnea and progressive chronic pulmonary HTN; with time, it becomes indistinguishable from other forms of COPD. See Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 'Pink puffer. '.
A person with chronic bronchitis who demonstrates evidence of cyanosis and pedal edema. See: chronic bronchitis
It is most often the result of long-term cigarette smoking.
The patient often benefits from oxygen therapy, bronchial hygiene (e.g., clearing of the lungs), and smoking cessation.