Kids' bronchitis linked to later asthma

Parents should be counselled that protracted bouts of bacterial bronchitis can have concerning respiratory sequelae, researchers say

Most children with protracted bacterial bronchitis face ongoing respiratory morbidity, with more than one quarter going on to develop asthma, research suggests.

The results underline the importance of careful follow-up for paediatric patients with protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB), the researchers say. This could mean scans to identify bronchiectasis, they add.

Their five-year follow-up of 166 children with PBB found 67% had ongoing or intermittent symptoms, such as wet cough, including 27% diagnosed with asthma and 10% diagnosed with