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What's the difference between COPD and bronchitis?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Chr. Vrs. Acute

Chronic bronchitis means cough and increased sputum at least for three consecutive months. Acute bronchitis is recent cough sometimes caused by viruses or bacteria associated to increase in sputum production with or without wheezing or shortness of breath which may not be associated to COPD even though copders have multiple exacerbations.

In brief: Chr. Vrs. Acute

Chronic bronchitis means cough and increased sputum at least for three consecutive months. Acute bronchitis is recent cough sometimes caused by viruses or bacteria associated to increase in sputum production with or without wheezing or shortness of breath which may not be associated to COPD even though copders have multiple exacerbations.
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Dr. Ramin Rafie
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Bronchitis is COPD

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
There are 2 categories within this emphysema and bronchitis.

In brief: Bronchitis is COPD

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
There are 2 categories within this emphysema and bronchitis.
Dr. Ramin Rafie
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Dr. Mario Mangas
Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways that may be acute or chronic. Need to differentiate asthma from chronic bronchitis. Many factors such as infectious, allergens, other irritants such as smoking or noxious agents may be the causal agent. COPD is a term that encompasses emphysema and Chronic bronchitis.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Difference...

Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is caused typically by smoking.
It is incurable and slowly progressive. There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas chronic bronchitis is a form of copd.

In brief: Difference...

Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is caused typically by smoking.
It is incurable and slowly progressive. There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas chronic bronchitis is a form of copd.
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