Acute bronchitis is a self-limited inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. It is common in smokers and occurs frequently during the winter months. In the United States bronchitis accounts for about 12 million physician visits a year and more than $300 million in physician visits and prescriptions. Work absences are common and probably run into millions of days each year. Much of this disability is due to acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis, which is not discussed in this section.
KeywordsTuberculin Skin Test Lower Respiratory Tract Infection Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia Mycoplasma Pneumoniae Acute Bronchitis
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