Wheezy bronchitis

Although children with wheezy bronchitis achieved normal lung function in early adulthood, when they were re-examined at age 45–50 years they had undergone a more rapid decline in lung function than controls. If such a rate of decline were to persist, it may predispose to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in later life. COPD development is also related to indoor and outdoor pollutants.

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