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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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)?

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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Is chronic bronchitis seasonal?

Is chronic bronchitis seasonal?

By definition, no: Chronic bronchitis is, by definition, not seasonal. It is defined as a cough that is productive of mucus every day for 3 months in a row. It is often considered a variant of emphysema/copd, which is almost invariably caused by smoking tobacco. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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