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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)

It is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). It may be infectious and require antibiotics, or steroid like meds to help treat it. (it can be acute ...Read more


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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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How are the disease emphysema and chronic bronchitis fatal?

How are the disease emphysema and chronic bronchitis fatal?

Respiratory failure: The lungs eventually lose so much function that they can't support normal metabolic processes and supply oxygen which is one of the fuels the body runs on. ...Read more

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Also, is chronic bronchitis ALWAYS fatal? How fatal is chronic bronchitis?

Also, is chronic bronchitis ALWAYS fatal?  How fatal is chronic bronchitis?

Nah: Nope, chronic bronchitis is not always fatal. When smoking is associated, there is certainly a higher risk of an associated fatal disease, such as cancer or COPD, of course. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis ALWAYS fatal? How fatal is chronic bronchitis?

Is chronic bronchitis ALWAYS fatal?  How fatal is chronic bronchitis?

Not always fatal.: Chronic bronchitis is chronic, obviously, and progressive but is not universally fatal. There are medications available to improve survival in patients with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. ...Read more

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How is acute bronchitis be fatal in an elder?

How is acute bronchitis be fatal in an elder?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is due to infection of the airways. If the infection is severe enough, it could result in decreased oxygen levels in the body which, in turn, could cause the heart to have a fatal arrhythmia. Fortunately, this does not happen often as most cases of acute bronchitis resolve with treatment. It could also infect the lungs, causing pneumonia, which is sometimes fatal, esp in elderly. ...Read more

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Is it true that chronic bronchitis is fatal?

Is it true that chronic bronchitis is fatal?

It can be: Chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) occurs in people with serious lung disease, usually due to smoking. It affects the heart as well as the lungs, and can be fatal. Chronic bronchitis should not be confused with repeated episodes of acute bronchitis, which is not necessarily a sign of underlying lung disease. ...Read more

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Which disease is more fatal: chronic bronchitis or chronic kidney disease (stage 4)?

Which disease is more fatal: chronic bronchitis or chronic kidney disease (stage 4)?

Depend: Both diseases could be fatal depending on patient has other medical conditions or not because it involving two vital organs - lung and kidney. You will die without either one. ...Read more

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Which disease is more fatal: chronic bronchitis or chronic kidney disease (stage 4)?

Which disease is more fatal: chronic bronchitis or chronic kidney disease (stage 4)?

Chronic bronchitis: Well- I came up with the answer because breathing is quintessential for life. Not that kidneys are any less important but your question was what could be more fatal. If you were to ask what could be more debilitating or what could compromise quality of life more-- it has to be CKD stage 4. They are yet to invent dialyzersctgat you could carry in your purse like an inhaler. ...Read more

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Which disease is more fatal: chronic bronchitis or chronic kidney disease (stage 4)?

Which disease is more fatal: chronic bronchitis or chronic kidney disease (stage 4)?

Depends on severity: Neither disease is fatal if they are stable. However, stage 4 kidney disease tends to worsen to stage 5 disease which can be fatal. The worsening bronchitis depends on the cause (for example, common bacterial infection versus TB or not receiving the right antibiotics). Kidney disease is more likely than bronchitis to worsen without good compliance with medicines and diet and is more serious. ...Read more