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Is chronic bronchitis fatal?

Is chronic bronchitis fatal?

Progressive...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and it is slowly progressive. Treatments that can slow disease progression include smoking cessation and oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low enough to qualify. It can be fatal but progression can be slowed with treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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21month boy, history of pneumonia and bronchitis.Already on zpack and breathing treatments this year. Wet breath sounds right after tx, what else can I do?

21month boy, history of pneumonia and bronchitis.Already on zpack and breathing treatments this year. Wet breath sounds right after tx, what else can I do?

Hydrate, avoid smoke: When sick with an upper respiratory infection one should stay well hydrated & avoid irritants like smoke. If there is a fever it should be treated with acetaminophen as fever will contribute to dehydration. If the child's caregivers smoke, they should quit for the sake of the child's health. I would also be concerned about this child's immune status with a serious medical history like this. ...Read more

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Why bronchial breath sounds are heard over the infraclavicular area?

Why bronchial breath sounds are heard over the infraclavicular area?

Infection/ Cancer: Tb usually cause supaclavicular bronchial breath sound. Where as bacterial pneumonia can cause bronchial breath sounds in the lower lobe area. And localized area of bronchial breathing in paratracheal or infraclavicular region with history of smoking makes one think in terms of ruling out cancer. ...Read more

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What kind of breath sounds do you expect to hear in patients with atelectasis? What would very loud breath sounds indicate?

What  kind of breath sounds do you expect to hear in patients with atelectasis? What would very loud breath sounds indicate?

Nothinng: With atelectasis, there is no lung space through which air travels to make sound. Other areas of lung may make enough noise to prevent the lack of air sounds to be noticed. Atelectasis is often dx'd by x-ray. ...Read more

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20 m baby was having minor chokes quite frequently last evening. Has been making funny breath sounds during sleep. Possibly rti or frn body or allegy?

20 m baby was having minor chokes quite frequently last evening. Has been making funny breath sounds during sleep. Possibly rti or frn body or allegy?

See doctor: Foreign body ingestion pretty common in this age group. Other common things occur to cause abnormal breathing as well. If your baby isn't breathing right please take your baby to the doctor right away. ...Read more

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What are breath sounds with pe?

What are breath sounds with pe?

Usually normal...: Most of the time, the breath sounds in a patient with a pulmonary embolus, or pe, are normal. The problem when a pe is present is a blocked blood vessel where the blood clot is located! ...Read more

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Can breath sounds be both clear and diminished at the same time?

Can breath sounds be both clear and diminished at the same time?

Breath Sounds: Yes. Absolutely. Clear breath sounds means that the air is moving without too much fluid or mucous or wheezing. And diminished means that the airways may be tight and not allowing much air flow to that area of the lungs. ...Read more

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When I FULLY exhale the VERY last bit of breath sounds wheezy and I feel the urge to cough. Normal breathing ok?

When I FULLY exhale the VERY last bit of breath sounds wheezy and I feel the urge to cough. Normal breathing ok?

No: Since asthmatic wheezing is the air getting caught in the airways at the end of expiration, it sounds as you are having air trapping in the bronchioles. See your doctor, to do an exam, pulmonary function testing and possb=ibly treat. ...Read more

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What causes dyspnea and abnormal breath sounds for mitral stenosis?

What causes dyspnea and abnormal breath sounds for mitral stenosis?

Depends on severity: If severe, mitral stenosis can cause pulmonary edema or fluid buildup in the lung tissue and air spaces as a result of increasing left atrial pressure and pulmonary venous congestion. This may led to shortness of breath as well as crackles on exam. ...Read more

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Subsequent to inserting breathing tube patient has no breath sounds in left lung what could have happened?

Subsequent to inserting breathing tube patient has no breath sounds in left lung what could have happened?

Taking a test?: No breath sounds on the left after placing an endotracheal tube usually means the tube is in too far and is only aerating the right lung. Simple fix, pull the tube back. ...Read more

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Chronic Bronchitis (Definition)

Chronic bronchitis is a lung condition characterized by inflammation of the medium-sized lung airways. The clinical definition of chronic bronchitis is having a persistent cough that produces sputum three or more months in a row for ...Read more


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