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Lung diseases

Bronchitis

11/03/2009

Question:

I have bronchitis for the thirs time in 2009. I am also on immunesupresive for my RA. What could cuase this to happen so often when I never had it before? Is it considered chronic now?

Answer:

Chronic bronchitis is defined by a chronic productive cough for three months in each of two successive years in a patient in whom other causes of chronic cough have been excluded. In your case, if you have become symptom-free in between episodes of bronchitis, it would not yet be considered chronic. There are many possible causes for recurrent bronchitis such as infection, underlying lung disease (asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease/emphysema), or weakness of the immune system. Each patient should be evaluated for possible causes and I would encourage you to discuss with your physician.

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Response by:

Jennifer  McCallister, MD Jennifer McCallister, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University