Medical Definition of GOLD-2

  • 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-2: One of the stages of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

GOLD-2 is stage II in the GOLD classification of COPD and indicates "moderate COPD." This stage is characterized by worsening airflow and usually the progression of symptoms, with shortness of breath typically developing on exertion. This is the stage at which patients typically seek medical attention because of dyspnea (difficulty breathing) or an exacerbation (a turn for the worse) of their disease. The presence of repeated exacerbations has an impact on the quality of life of patients and requires appropriate medical management.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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