Inflammation and swelling of the lining of the airways, leading to narrowing and obstruction generally resulting in daily cough. The inflammation stimulates production of mucus, which can cause further blockage of the airways. Obstruction of the airways, especially with mucus, increases the likelihood of bacterial lung infection. Chronic bronchitis is common in persons who have smoked for extended periods.
Bronchopulmonary: Pertaining to both the air passages (bronchi) leading to the lungs and the lungs (pulmonary) themselves.
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia: A chronic lung disease in infants who received mechanical respiratory support with high oxygenation in the neonatal period.
- Bronchopulmonary segments
Bronchopulmonary segments: A subdivision of one lobe of a lung based on the connection to the segmental bronchus. For example, the right upper lobe has apical, anterior, and posterior segments.
Bronchoscope: A thin, flexible instrument with a lighted viewing tube that is used to visualize the air passages to the lungs.
A procedure that permits the doctor to see the breathing passages through a lighted tube.