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Diseases » Chronic Bronchitis » Summary
 

What is Chronic Bronchitis?

What is Chronic Bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis is a progressive, recurring inflammation of the lower airways of the lungs called the bronchi and ...more »

  • Chronic Bronchitis: Chronic bronchitis is a chronic inflammation of the bronchi (medium-size airways) in the lungs.
  • Chronic Bronchitis: chronic, irreversible obstruction of air flow from the lungs.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Chronic Bronchitis: a form of bronchitis characterized by excess production of sputum leading to a chronic cough and obstruction of air flow.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Chronic Bronchitis: Introduction

Types of Chronic Bronchitis:

Broader types of Chronic Bronchitis:

How many people get Chronic Bronchitis?

Prevalance of Chronic Bronchitis: 12.1 million Americans (NHLBI)
Prevalance Rate of Chronic Bronchitis: approx 1 in 22 or 4.45% or 12.1 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Chronic Bronchitis: An estimated 12.1 million Americans have chronic bronchitis. (Source: excerpt from Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema: NHLBI)

How serious is Chronic Bronchitis?

Complications of Chronic Bronchitis: see complications of Chronic Bronchitis
Deaths for Chronic Bronchitis: 1,172 deaths (NHLBI 1999)

What causes Chronic Bronchitis?

Causes of Chronic Bronchitis: see causes of Chronic Bronchitis
Risk factors for Chronic Bronchitis: see risk factors for Chronic Bronchitis

What are the symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis?

Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis: see symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis

Complications of Chronic Bronchitis: see complications of Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic Bronchitis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Chronic Bronchitis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Chronic Bronchitis.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Chronic Bronchitis: see treatments for Chronic Bronchitis
Alternative treatments for Chronic Bronchitis: see alternative treatments for Chronic Bronchitis
Research for Chronic Bronchitis: see research for Chronic Bronchitis

Society issues for Chronic Bronchitis

Hospitalizations for Chronic Bronchitis: 567,000 (NHLBI 1999)

Hospitalization statistics for Chronic Bronchitis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Chronic Bronchitis:

  • 1.5 million visits were made to a hospital emergency department for bronchitis in the US 2002 (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 1.8% (229,725) of hospital episodes were for chronic lower respiratory diseases in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 72% of hospital consultations for chronic lower respiratory diseases required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 49% of hospital episodes for chronic lower respiratory diseases were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Physician office visits for Chronic Bronchitis: 8,643,000 (NHLBI 1999)

Organs Affected by Chronic Bronchitis:

Organs and body systems related to Chronic Bronchitis include:

Name and Aliases of Chronic Bronchitis

Main name of condition: Chronic Bronchitis

Other names or spellings for Chronic Bronchitis:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Obstructive Lung disease

Chronic obstructive airways disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COAD, COPD Source - Diseases Database

Chronic Bronchitis: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Chronic Bronchitis:

 

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