Medical Definition of GOLD-0

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

GOLD-0: One of the stages of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

GOLD-0 is stage 0 in the GOLD classification of COPD and indicates "at risk" for COPD. GOLD-0 is characterized by chronic cough and sputum production. Lung function, as measured by spirometry (a test of the air capacity of the lungs),is still normal.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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