Medical Definition of GOLD-1

  • 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-1: One of the stages of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

GOLD-1 is stage I in the GOLD classification of COPD and indicates "mild COPD." This stage is characterized by mild airflow limitation and usually, but not always, chronic cough and sputum production. At this stage, the individual may not even be aware that his or her lung function is abnormal.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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