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Epidemiology of bronchial hypersecretion: recent studies.

Authors
  • Pride, N B
Type
Published Article
Journal
European journal of respiratory diseases. Supplement
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1987
Volume
153
Pages
13–18
Identifiers
PMID: 3322856
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The predominant cause of mucus hypersecretion in Westernized countries is smoking. Mucus hypersecretion in smokers is correlated with the subsequent development of bronchial carcinoma but there is no definite causal relation to progressive airflow obstruction. The distinction between hypersecretion and the development of airflow obstruction may also be relevant in childhood and occupational respiratory disease. Endogenous factors may also be important, as suggested by the increased prevalence of hypersecretion in asthma, but are difficult to detect by epidemiological techniques.

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