Last reviewed: September 2018
Last updated: June  2018

Summary

Definition

History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • presence of risk factors
  • duration of cough <30 days
  • productive cough
  • no history of chronic respiratory illness
  • exclusion of other respiratory and cardiac illness as cause for symptoms

Other diagnostic factors

  • fever
  • wheezes
  • rhonchi

Risk factors

  • viral or atypical bacterial infection exposure
  • cigarette smoking
  • household pollution exposure

Diagnostic investigations

Treatment algorithm

Contributors

Authors VIEW ALL

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee

WI

Disclosures

WJH receives an honorarium for speaking at a board review course sponsored by the American Physicians' Institute on the subject of respiratory diseases, including acute bronchitis. He is also the author of a number of references cited in this monograph.

Dr William J. Hueston would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Ann M. Rodden, a previous contributor to this monograph. AMR declares that she has no competing interests.

Peer reviewers VIEW ALL

Clinical Professor

School of Medicine and Public Health

University of Wisconsin-Madison

WI

Disclosures

DLH declares that he has no competing interests.

Staff Physician

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland

OH

Disclosures

CR declares that she has no competing interests.

Consultant Physician

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Imperial College Healthcare Trust

Hammersmith Hospital

London

UK

Disclosures

PWI declares that he has no competing interests.

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