eosinophilic bronchitis


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eosinophilic bronchitis

a condition consisting of cough unassociated with bronchial hyperreactivity or bronchial obstruction, in which increased numbers of eosinophils are present in the sputum. It is considered to be a cause of chronic cough and is not thought to be related to other eosinophilic lung disease.

eosinophilic bronchitis

Bronchitis marked by chronic cough, eosinophils in sputum, and improvement in symptoms after the administration of corticosteroids. It is similar to asthma, but there is no wheezing or airway reactivity, and the airways are not infiltrated by mast cells.
See also: bronchitis
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Eosinophilic bronchitis is an important cause of chronic cough.
Eosinophilic bronchitis as a cause of chronic cough.
Chronic cough due to nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis.
If chronic cough persists despite following these measures, nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis should be considered.
In a prospective study of 91 patients referred to a specialty clinic for chronic cough, 12 were diagnosed with eosinophilic bronchitis.
In this way, they were able to identify 12 patients with eosinophilic bronchitis and treat them accordingly.
Both groups improved with inhaled corticosteroids, indicating treatment of eosinophilic bronchitis is worthwhile.
Eosinophilic bronchitis is often benign and self-limiting, but one reason for recognizing and treating the disorder is its possible role as a precursor to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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