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People with Chronic Obstructive Disease (COPD) have been found to be more susceptible to chronic bronchitis. In a recent research, researchers have been able to find a particular sub type of chronic bronchitis that has a more severe impact than the chronic bronchitis. As part of the research, Jean Corhay and colleagues studied more than 900 patients with Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) and found that around 64% in the group have been found to be under the influence of chronic bronchitis. The research group found that the 64% population in the group had continuous cough and sputum production continuously for 2 years.
These 64% in the group had more chronic symptoms such as respiratory failure, cachexia and skeletal muscle wasting than the other members in the group. Patients with chronic bronchitis had twice as many exacerbations than the patients without chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis patients had 2.08 exacerbations per year against the 1.05 exacerbations per year for people in the non chronic bronchitis category. Jean Corhay and fellow researchers published their findings in the International Journal of Clinical Practice. The percentage of hospital admissions in the chronic bronchitis group was found to be .6% against .3% in the other category.
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