AE acute exacerbation
CF cystic fibrosis
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CRP C-reactive protein
CT computed tomography
FEV1 forced expiratory volume in 1 s
FVC forced vital capacity
HRCT high-resolution computed tomography
ICU intensive care unit
IL interleukin
IPF idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
MRSA methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Staphylococcus aureus aureus
NTM nontuberculous mycobacteria
PaCO
2
arterial carbon dioxide tension
PaO
2
arterial oxygen tension
QoL quality of life
RCT randomised controlled trials
SaO
2
arterial oxygen saturation
TNF tumour necrosis factor
List of abbreviations
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