Introduction: Chronic Bronchitis


Chronic Bronchitis: Persistent cough from airway mucus.

Chronic Bronchitis: Chronic bronchitis, one of the two major diseases of the lung grouped under COPD, is diagnosed when a patient has excessive airway mucus secretion leading to a persistent, productive cough. An individual is considered to have chronic bronchitis if cough and sputum are present on most days for a minimum of 3 months for at least 2 successive years or for 6 months during 1 year. In chronic bronchitis, there also may be narrowing of the large and small airways making it more difficult to move air in and out of the lungs. An estimated 12.1 million Americans have chronic bronchitis. 1

Researching symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis: Further information about the symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis is available including a list of symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Chronic Bronchitis, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Chronic Bronchitis: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Chronic Bronchitis, failure to diagnose Chronic Bronchitis, underlying causes of Chronic Bronchitis (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Chronic Bronchitis: Various information is available about treatments available for Chronic Bronchitis, or research treatments for other diseases.

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Statistics and Chronic Bronchitis: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Chronic Bronchitis, prevalence and incidence statistics for Chronic Bronchitis, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

         Contents for Chronic Bronchitis:

1. excerpt from Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema: NHLBI

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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