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Antibiotics in the Treatment of Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Bronchitis: A Review of Controlled Clinical Trials

  • F. Blasi
  • R. Cosentini

Abstract

The term chronic bronchitis is clinically defined as the presence of excess mucus secretion, causing productive cough on most days for at least three months of the year for at least 2 consecutive years and when other causes of cough have been excluded [1]. When airway obstruction is also present, the term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is applied. The true epidemiological impact of COPD is unknown, but it is estimated that in the United States approximately 1 of 5 adult subjects are affected, and that this disease is the fourth leading cause of mortality [2,3].

Keywords

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Antibiotic Treatment Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patient Acute Exacerbation Chronic Bronchitis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Blasi
    • 1
  • R. Cosentini
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Respiratory DiseasesUniversity of Milan, IRCCS Ospedale MaggioreMilanItaly
  2. 2.Division of Emergency MedicineIRCCS Ospedale MaggioreMilanItaly

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