Chronic Bronchitis in Smokers Before Age 50 May Be an Early Predictor of COPD

Abma, Rebecca K.
November 2009
Pulmonary Reviews;Nov2009, Vol. 14 Issue 11, p16
The article discusses a research that suggests that chronic bronchitis in adults younger than 50 may denote susceptibility to the effects of cigarette smoking and predict long-term risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It references a study by Stefano Guerra and colleagues, published in the October 2009 issue of "Thorax" periodical. The researchers found that younger participants who reported chronic bronchitis were at significantly increased risk for incident airflow limitation, all-cause mortality and markers of systemic inflammation.


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