Complications

Complications table
ComplicationTimeframeLikelihood

chronic cough

short termlow

About 25% of patients will cough for >4 weeks, and a subset of these will cough for up to 6 months (post-bronchitis syndrome).[2] Treatment for persistent cough should be with salbutamol or similar short-acting bronchodilators as needed, until the cough resolves.

pneumonia

short termlow

Pneumonia is a possible complication of acute bronchitis and should be considered especially in older people.

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