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Dr. Michael Sanders
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Bronchiectasis (Overview)

Widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or inhaling a foreign object.


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How does "atelectasis" and "bronchiectasis" differ?

How does "atelectasis" and "bronchiectasis" differ?

Different: Bronchiectasis is a dilated bronchus or airway. Atelectasis is an area of the lung that has decreased in volume because it doesn't have the usual amount of air in it. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sanders
135 Doctors shared insights

Bronchiectasis (Overview)

Widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or inhaling a foreign object.


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What are the symptoms of bronchiectasis?

What are the symptoms of bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: Productive cough and frequent infections also coughing blood in some cases. ...Read more

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What's a simple way to say what bronchiectasis really is?

What's a simple way to say what bronchiectasis really is?

Damaged airways: Bronchiectasis: structurally damaged airways unable to effectively move mucous. Air contains germs that are trapped but not killed by the inner mucous layer of the breathing tubes. Cilia on underlying cells beat like brooms sweeping mucous to the throat where it's swallowed. Stomach acid kills the germs. Without this mucociliary escalator germs multiply in the airway causing bronchitis & pneumonia. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: So many options: hydration and mucus clearance, chest physiotherapy, bronchodilators, anti inflammatory medications, antibiotics, pulmonary rehab.....Or a combination of all the above. You need a good pulmonologist to work with you. ...Read more

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What causes bronchiectasis?

What causes bronchiectasis?

Smoking irritates: Smoking irritates the bronchi. It causes inflammation and can damage the bronchi and bronchioles ability to naturally clear out pathogens leading to bronchitis or pneumonia. Smoking causes lung injury resulting in emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer among many other risks.

Please don't smoke. ...Read more

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How can I treat bronchiectasis?

How can I treat bronchiectasis?

Pulmonary toilet: Do things to promote clearance of phlegm from your lungs. Quit smoking. Get everyone who lives with you to quit. Smoking outside not acceptable. Live in a place with clean air - at least 1 mile from highways & streets with trucks & buses. Exercise. Maintain normal weight. Control diabetes. Laugh. Take all meds prescribed by your doctor. Get flu & Pneumovax vaccines. Gamma globulin may help. ...Read more

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Can asthma[ if not treated properly] also sometimes cause bronchiectasis. I ve this condition but am unclear as to why?

Can asthma[ if not treated properly] also sometimes cause bronchiectasis. I ve this condition but am unclear as to why?

Yes: Especially if you have repeated infections. There is a less common cause of asthma called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis that can result in bronchiectasis as well. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bronchiectasis?

Antibiotics: Taking antibiotics on a periodic basis is helpful in bronchiectasis. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for bronchiectasis?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for bronchiectasis?

GLutathione: Nebulized glutathione is a great adjunct for any/all respiratory illnesses. It needs to be compounded and administered with a nebulizer. If that is not available, liposomal glutathione, taken orally, is available from several companies. It is expensive but darn well worth the money. ...Read more

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Will my children inherit my bronchiectasis problem?

Will my children inherit my bronchiectasis problem?

They may: It depends on cause of ur bronchiectasis. Some of the causes r genetic, cystic fibrosis, cilia motility problem, primary immune deficiencies, etc. If u have those, ur kids may have higher chance of developing bronchiectasis if they develop those dis. If u developed bronchiectasis because of recurrent lung infections without immune deficiency, or a rare condition, abpa, it is usually not genetic. ...Read more

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Can oxygen therapy be used to prevent cough in bronchiectasis patients?

Can oxygen therapy be used to prevent cough in bronchiectasis patients?

No: Oxygen therapy is only used in patients with advanced bronchiectasis who have difficulty maintaining normal oxygen saturations. To prevent cough in patients with bronchiectasis, it is important to remove the excess mucus from the airways by use of mucolytic therapies (inhaled hypertonic saline) & physical techniques to mobilize the mucus (chest vest, acapella, flutter etc.). Talk to a lung doc. ...Read more

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What causes bronchiectasis?

Smoking irritates: Smoking irritates the bronchi. It causes inflammation and can damage the bronchi and bronchioles ability to naturally clear out pathogens leading to bronchitis or pneumonia. Smoking causes lung injury resulting in emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer among many other risks.

Please don't smoke. ...Read more

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How can I treat bronchiectasis?

Pulmonary toilet: Do things to promote clearance of phlegm from your lungs. Quit smoking. Get everyone who lives with you to quit. Smoking outside not acceptable. Live in a place with clean air - at least 1 mile from highways & streets with trucks & buses. Exercise. Maintain normal weight. Control diabetes. Laugh. Take all meds prescribed by your doctor. Get flu & Pneumovax vaccines. Gamma globulin may help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: Productive cough and frequent infections also coughing blood in some cases. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for bronchiectasis?

Immune evaluation: Bronchiectasis can be indicative of an immunodeficiency. In addition to a pulomary specialist you should also seriously consider an immune evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best management for bronchiectasis?

Depends: There are several different causes of bronchiectasis and they would lead to different treatments. It would be best to identify the cause first and then specific treatment recommendations could be made. ...Read more

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Will my children inherit my bronchiectasis problem?

They may: It depends on cause of ur bronchiectasis. Some of the causes r genetic, cystic fibrosis, cilia motility problem, primary immune deficiencies, etc. If u have those, ur kids may have higher chance of developing bronchiectasis if they develop those dis. If u developed bronchiectasis because of recurrent lung infections without immune deficiency, or a rare condition, abpa, it is usually not genetic. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: So many options: hydration and mucus clearance, chest physiotherapy, bronchodilators, anti inflammatory medications, antibiotics, pulmonary rehab.....Or a combination of all the above. You need a good pulmonologist to work with you. ...Read more

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What's a simple way to say what bronchiectasis really is?

Damaged airways: Bronchiectasis: structurally damaged airways unable to effectively move mucous. Air contains germs that are trapped but not killed by the inner mucous layer of the breathing tubes. Cilia on underlying cells beat like brooms sweeping mucous to the throat where it's swallowed. Stomach acid kills the germs. Without this mucociliary escalator germs multiply in the airway causing bronchitis & pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: Bronchiectasis is widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with (congenital bronchiectasis) or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or inhaling a foreign object. Approximately 1/3 of cases of bronchiectasis occurs in those with cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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What are the medications used to treat bronchiectasis? Thanks

Find the cause: Some supportive-care meds are common to this and other lung diseases, but the key will be to try to identify a cause if you can. I recently autopsied a 70 year old woman with "unexplained bronchiectasis" and discovered they had missed adult-onset cystic fibrosis -- which could have been managed more effectively. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how bronchiectasis will affect my overall health.?

See pulmonologist: That's a lung specialist who will check your labs, x-rays, and other studies to see cause and extent of your disease. Only then can he tell you your prognosis. ...Read more

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Is bronchiectasis the same as cf?

No: Bronchiectasis= bronchi (airways);ectasis (dilated or stretched out). Bronchiectasis is a physical finding that can occur in many lung infections/conditions.Cystic fibrosis is medical condition with many features. It is inherited as a recessive genetic disease. There are abnormalities in the production of lung mucous that can lead to bronchiectasis over time. ...Read more

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Why is bronchiectasis caused by smoking?

Why is bronchiectasis caused by smoking?

Bronchiectasis.: Smoking mainly causes emphysema, which is damage to the alveoli and smaller airways in the lungs. Bronchiectasis is damage to the larger airways, which is usually due to a medical condition or lung infection, even in childhood. Smoking with bronchiectasis, obviously, would be particularly bad. ...Read more