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Can chronic bronchitis be there when one has no cough at all?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Nope

Chronic bronchitis is a type of copd, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
By definition, chronic bronchitis is primarily characterized by a persistently productive cough. Therefore, if you don't have a cough, the diagnosis of "chronic bronchitis" should be questioned.

In brief: Nope

Chronic bronchitis is a type of copd, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
By definition, chronic bronchitis is primarily characterized by a persistently productive cough. Therefore, if you don't have a cough, the diagnosis of "chronic bronchitis" should be questioned.
Dr. Lee Perry
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Depends...

Chronic bronchitis is diagnosed when the person has a productive cough lasting for 2 months a year for 3 years.
So, the person does not need to have a cough all the time to meet this diagnosis. The cough needs to be persistent and recurrent over a few years to meet this criteria clinically. Pulmonary function testing can help with this diagnosis earlier in the course of the disease.

In brief: Depends...

Chronic bronchitis is diagnosed when the person has a productive cough lasting for 2 months a year for 3 years.
So, the person does not need to have a cough all the time to meet this diagnosis. The cough needs to be persistent and recurrent over a few years to meet this criteria clinically. Pulmonary function testing can help with this diagnosis earlier in the course of the disease.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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