Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

7-2018

Document Type

Project

Course Number

5330-OL1

Course Name

Nursing

Professor’s Name

Dr. John Chovan, PhD., DNP, RN, CNP, CNS

Keywords

Chronic Bronchitis, COPD, Pathophysiology, Smoking, Goblet Cell hyperplasia, Mucous Cell Metaplasia.

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Chronic Bronchitis is an aspect of the broad disease known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It is a widely prevalent disease in the world today and effects 15 million people and is the third leading cause of death. The signs and symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis is very specific, however diagnoses and treatment is different for each patient and can be quite challenging. The pathophysiology underlying Chronic Bronchitis is quite complex with metaplasia changes within the lung parenchyma, increase in mucous from goblet cell hyperplasia and chronic inflammation leading to permanent scarring. The bodies adaptive processes because of Chronic Bronchitis can be seen throughout the body systems, but most significant on the heart. Although this disease is very common it is also preventable. Cigarette smoking being the leading risk factor of Chronic Bronchitis.

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Nursing Commons

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