Schroeck et al reported criteria for inappropriate antibiotic therapy in a patient with bronchitis. The authors are from VA Western New York Healthcare System, University of Buffalo, Erie County Medical Center and East Orange VA.

Criteria for the diagnosis of bronchitis:

(1) cough

(2) absence of fever or other sign to indicate a bacterial infection

(3) exclusion of pneumonia on chest X-ray


Appropriate therapy for bronchitis:

(1) supportive care

(2) no antibiotic therapy


Any antibiotic therapy is inappropriate for uncomplicated bronchitis.

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