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A 32-year-old female asked:

How are asthma & bronchiectasis similar & different? can one be misdiagnosed as the other? how do you know that patient has one and not the other?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Different: Asthma is manifested by airway inflammation leading to bronchial narrowing and spasm. It may produce sputum if the inflammation is not controlled. Bronchiectasis is from loss of lung tissue beyond a small bronchial tube leading to a blind pouch at the end and collection of mucus. With nothing to expel the mucus, it often gets infected. (ba by lung function, bronchiectasis by hrct or bronchoscopy.

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Last updated May 8, 2014

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