Protracted Bacterial Bronchitis

Chairs: Ahmad Kantar & Mark Everard

Protracted Bacterial Bronchitis (PBB) is a paediatric disease and the major cause of chronic wet cough in preschool-aged children.

It has long been recognized by paediatric pulmonologists and has received various diagnostic labels, including chronic bronchitis, protracted bronchitis, persistent endobronchial infection, pre-bronchiectasis and chronic suppurative lung disease. Several recent studies have drawn attention to the importance of PBB by indicating its potential role in the development of bronchiectasis. Although it is a curable condition and diagnosed frequently in tertiary centres, outside these institutions PBB is often unknown to many clinicians, including paediatricians. Moreover, individual centres follow their own protocols in diagnosing and managing PBB. The aim of this task force is to produce a scientific statement that will offer a detailed review of PBB and provide a clinical profile, diagnostic indications and appropriate therapeutic approach to this disease.