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Infection of the Bronchial Tubes Chronic Outlook
What to expect with chronic bronchitis:
- The outlook is good for those who stop smoking: the majority of symptoms may resolve.
- Once damage has been done to the lungs, it is not reversible.
PubMed Infection of the Bronchial Tubes Chronic References
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